Zenzo Matsuyama

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Zenzō Matsuyama
Born (1925-04-03) April 3, 1925 (age 89)
Kobe, Japan
Nationality Japanese
Occupation Script writer, film director
Spouse(s) Hideko Takamine (1955-2010)

Zenzō Matsuyama (松山善三 Matsuyama Zenzō?, born 3 April 1925) is a Japanese script writer and film director.[1] He was born in Kobe and grew up in Yokohama. After leaving school, he began training to become a doctor but dropped out of medical school to take up a career in films. In 1948 he became an assistant director at Shochiku studios. With the support of Keisuke Kinoshita, he also began writing film scripts. His first filmed script was Kojo no tsuki, based on the song Kōjō no Tsuki, filmed in 1954. In 1955 he married actress Hideko Takamine. He made his debut as a director with a film called Na mo naku mazushiku utsukushiku in 1961. He continued to work as a scriptwriter for films like Proof of the Man as well as a director. He also wrote the lyrics for a song Ippon no enpitsu for Hibari Misora.


Title (English) Release date Title (Japanese) Job
The Human Condition 1959-1961 人間の條件 Scriptwriter
Na mo Naku Mazushiku Utsukushiku 1961 名もなく貧しく美しく Scriptwriter, director
Burari Bura-bura Monogatari 1962 ぶらりぶらぶら物語 Scriptwriter, director
Proof of the Man 1978 人間の証明 Scriptwriter


  1. ^ "松山善三". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 21 March 2012. 

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