Born in Gunma, Oguri first became a freelance assistant director after graduating from Waseda University. He made his directorial debut in 1981 with Muddy River, which earned him both a Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year and a citation in the Directors Guild of Japan New Directors Award. Muddy River was also nominated for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and won the Silver Prize at the 12th Moscow International Film Festival. In 1985 he was a member of the jury at the 14th Moscow International Film Festival.
- Muddy River (泥の河 Doro no kawa) (1981)
- Kayako no tame ni (伽倻子のために) (1984)
- The Sting of Death (死の棘 Shi no toge) (1990)
- Sleeping Man (眠る男) (1996)
- Umoregi (埋もれ木) (2005)
- Foujita (藤田) (2015)
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