Daydream (1981 film)

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Daydream 1981.jpg
Poster of Daydream (1981)
Directed by Tetsuji Takechi
Starring Kyōko Aizome
Cinematography Akira Takeda
Release date
Country Japan
Language Japanese

Daydream (白日夢 Hakujitsumu?) (1981) is a Japanese film. A remake by director Tetsuji Takechi of his ground-breaking 1964 pink film of the same title, this film is considered the first hardcore theatrical release in Japan.


Maverick theater and film director Tetsuji Takechi had directed Japan's first big-budget Pink film in 1964 with Daydream. He directed more films in the 1960s, including Black Snow 1965, which resulted in a high-profile obscenity trial.[1] During the 1970s he concentrated on writing projects, and served as the host of a successful television series, The Tetsuji Takechi Hour for the previous decade.[2] In 1981, the then 68-year old Takechi decided to return to film with a hardcore remake of Daydream. Takechi again chose Akira Takeda, Nagisa Oshima's cinematographer between 1965 and 1968, to shoot his film,[3]

Noticing Kyōko Aizome in one of her nude photo magazine appearances, Takechi chose the then unknown actress to star in the film. After the film's release, Aizome added to the controversy by admitting to having performed actual sexual intercourse on camera. Though, as Japanese law required, sexual organs and pubic hair were fogged on screen, the Asahi Shimbun called it a breakthrough film as Japan's first hardcore pornographic movie,[4] and Aizome received national notoriety from starring in the film, thereby becoming Japan's first hardcore pornographic star. Her name became a selling-point for future films such as Kyōko Aizome's Somber Reminiscence (1983).[5]


Role Actor
Woman Kyōko Aizome
Dentist Kei Satō


  1. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. p. 68. ISBN 1-889288-52-7. 
  2. ^ Sharp, Jasper. "Tetsuji Takechi: Erotic Nightmares". Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  3. ^ Weisser, p.102.
  4. ^ Koizumi, Shinichi (2001-12-01). "Porn-star label now a badge of honor for actress". Asahi Shimbun. Archived from the original on 2001-12-03. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  5. ^ Weisser, p.40.


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