Hiroshi Teshigahara

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Hiroshi Teshigahara
Hiroshi Teshigahara.jpg
Born (1927-01-28)January 28, 1927
Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan
Died April 14, 2001(2001-04-14) (aged 74)
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Film director
Spouse(s) Toshiko Kobayashi

Hiroshi Teshigahara (勅使河原 宏 Teshigahara Hiroshi?, January 28, 1927 – April 14, 2001) was an avant-garde Japanese filmmaker. He is best known for his films The Woman in the Dunes and The Face of Another.

Life and career[edit]

Teshigahara was born in Tokyo, son of Sofu Teshigahara, founder and grand master of the Sogetsu School of ikebana. He graduated in 1950 from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and began working in documentary film. He directed his first feature film, Pitfall (1962), in collaboration with author Kōbō Abe and musician Tōru Takemitsu. The film won the NHK New Director's award, and throughout the 1960s, he continued to collaborate on films with Abe and Takemitsu while simultaneously pursuing his interest in ikebana and sculpture on a professional level.

In 1965, the Teshigahara/Abe film Woman in the Dunes (1964) was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film[1] and won the Special Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival.[2] In 1972, he worked with Japanese researcher and translator John Nathan to make the movie Summer Soldiers, a film set during the Vietnam War about American deserters living on the fringe of Japanese society.

From the mid-1970s onwards, he worked less frequently on feature films as he concentrated more on documentaries, exhibitions and the Sogetsu School and became grand master of the school in 1980.

In 1978, Teshigahara Hiroshi directed the final two episodes of the long running and popular Japanese television series Shin Zatouichi, starring Shintaro Katsu as the blind wandering Yakuza. During Akira Kurosawa's 5-year hiatus from filmmaking, he watched a lot of television and was particularly taken by the final episode of Shin Zatouichi - Episode: Journey of Dreams (新座頭市「夢の旅) (1978). The influence of this particular episode included the initial casting of Shintaro Katsu in the lead roles in Kagemusha and the extended artistic dream sequences contributed to those seen in Kagemusha (1980).

On the first anniversary of his death, April 14, 2002, a DVD box set containing his best known work was released in Japan in commemoration.


Complete filmography of Hiroshi Teshigahara include:[3][4][5]


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