Mitsuru Meike

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Mitsuru Meike
Born (1969-05-11) May 11, 1969 (age 45)[1]
Yokohama, Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan
Occupation Film director
Screenwriter
Actor
Years active 1996–present

Mitsuru Meike (女池充 Meike Mitsuru?) is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and actor. He is one of the group of prominent pink film directors known collectively as the "Seven Lucky Gods of Pink" (ピンク七福神 shichifukujin?) which comprises Meike, Toshiya Ueno, Yūji Tajiri, Shinji Imaoka, Yoshitaka Kamata, Toshirō Enomoto and Rei Sakamoto.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Mitsuru Meike's introduction to the film industry was as assistant director to prominent female pink film director Sachi Hamano.[3] He later worked at Outcast Produce with Toshiya Ueno and under the mentorship of "Four Heavenly Kings of Pink" (ピンク四天王 pinku shitenno?) director, Toshiki Satō, whom he served as assistant director beginning in 1992.[1][3] Meike's directorial debut was with the V-cinema film, Confinement (監禁 Kankin?) (1996).[1][3] He made his theatrical directorial debut in 1997 with Shintōhō's Lascivious Nurse Uniform Diary: Two or Three Times, While I'm Wet for which he won the Best New Director prize at the Pink Grand Prix.[4][5] His 2002 film Shameful Family: Pin Down Technique won Meike the Best Director title, and was named the fifth best pink release of the year at the Pink Grand Prix.[6]

Meike is one of the most experimental and daring of the shichifukujin directors.[3] His 2003 film The Glamorous Life of Sachiko Hanai concerns a call-girl who becomes a super-genius after she is inadvertently shot by a North Korean in negotiations with a Middle Eastern man in a coffee shop. A frantic search for a rubber model of George W. Bush's finger, capable of releasing the U.S.'s nuclear arsenal, ensues.[7] The film became a surprise international hit, playing at 20 film festivals and having a theatrical release in the U.S. in 2006.[8]

Award-winning films[edit]

"Ten Best" films, Pink Grand Prix[edit]

  • 1997 7th place: Lascivious Nurse Uniform Diary: Two or Three Times, While I'm Wet (白衣いんらん日記 濡れたまま二度、三度 Hakui inran nikki: nureta mama nido, sando?)
  • 1998 8th place: ぐしょ濡れ美容師 すけべな下半身
  • 2002 5th place: Shameful Family: Pin Down Technique (ハレンチ・ファミリー 寝ワザで一発 Harenchi*famirii?)
  • 2004 10th place: Bitter Sweet (濃厚不倫 とられた女 Nōkō furin: torareta onna?)

Pinky Ribbon Awards[edit]

  • 2004 Pearl Prize: Bitter Sweet (濃厚不倫 とられた女 Nōkō furin torareta onna?)

Bibliography[edit]

English[edit]

Japanese[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c 女池 充: デビューを小分けに (in Japanese). Director's Guild of Japan. Archived from the original on 2007-10-10. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ Domenig, Roland (2002). "Vital flesh: the mysterious world of Pink Eiga". Archived from the original on 2004-11-18. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  3. ^ a b c d Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 317. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ "Pink Films History" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  5. ^ "Best Ten of 1997 (1997年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Best Ten of 2002 (2002年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ Sharp. Behind the Pink Curtain (2008), pp. 318-319.
  8. ^ Sharp, Jasper. "Pink thrills: Japanese sex movies go global". The Japan Times. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
Awards and achievements
Pink Grand Prix
Preceded by
Toshiro Enomoto
for Forbidden Affair: Adulterous Wife Legs Spread Wide Open
Pink Grand Prix for New Best Director
Mitsuru Meike

1997
for Lascivious Nurse Uniform Diary: Two or Three Times, While I'm Wet
Succeeded by
Yoshitaka Kamata
for Dangerous Affair: Drool of the Beast
Preceded by
Tarō Araki
for Sister-in-Law's Wet Thighs
Pink Grand Prix for Best Director
Mitsuru Meike

2002
for Shameful Family: Pin Down Technique
Succeeded by
Minoru Kunizawa
for Irresistable Angel: Suck It All Up