Masao Adachi

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Masao Adachi (足立正生 Adachi Masao, born May 13, 1939) is a Japanese screenwriter and director who was most active in the 1960s and 1970s.

He was born in Fukuoka Prefecture.


Best known for his writing collaborations with directors Kōji Wakamatsu and Nagisa Oshima, often under the pseudonyms "Izuru Deguchi" or "De Deguchi" (出口出), he also directed a number of his own films, usually dealing with left-wing political themes.[1] He stopped making films in the early 1970s and joined the Japanese Red Army, an armed militant organization, to organise terror attacks.[citation needed] After residing in Lebanon for 28 years, he was arrested for passport violations. He was found guilty of passport violations in September 2001 and received a four-year sentence, suspended to 18 months. After his release he was deported to Japan via Jordan, where he was re-arrested on other passport violations. After being held for a year and a half he was convicted and released based on the time he had already served. Since his release, he has resumed making films after a 30-year absence.[2]


Masao Adachi and Go Hirasawa, Film / Revolution, 2003, 河出書房新社 (in Japanese).

Masao Adachi, Le Bus de la révolution passera bientôt près de chez toi. Ecrits sur le cinéma, la guérilla et l'avant-garde, Rouge Profond éditeur, 2012 (in French)

Eric Baudelaire, "The Anabasis of May and Fusako Shigenobu, Masao Adachi, and 27 years withour images", installation for the MACBA in Barcelona,2011, text in English and Catalan, film 66 min (in English) and 9 screenprints.


  1. ^ Desjardins, Chris (2005-05-27). Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. I.B.Tauris & Co. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-84511-090-1. 
  2. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2007-08-21). "Midnight Eye interview: Masao Adachi". Retrieved 2010-02-02. 

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