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. Adachi was a prominent director in the Japanese New Wave film movement, producing pink films alongside documentaries. [1] He stopped making films in the early 1970s and joined the Japanese Red Army.[2] After residing in Lebanon for 28 years, he was arrested for passport violations.

Adachi 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.[3]


  • 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 without images", installation for the MACBA in Barcelona,2011, text in English and Catalan, film 66 min (in English) and nine screenprints.


Year English Title Original Title
1960 Kyou mo mata sugita (今日もまた過ぎた)
1961 Bowl Wan (椀)
1963 Closed Vagina Sain (鎖陰)
1966 Abortion Datai (堕胎)
1966 Birth Control Revolution Hinin kakumei (避妊革命)
1967 Violated Angels Okasareta Hakui (犯された白衣)
1967 Galaxy Gingakei (銀河系)
1968 Three Ressurected Drunkards Kaette kita yopparai (帰って来たヨッパライ)
1968 Sex Zone Sei chitai (性地帯 セックスゾーン)
1968 Sex Games Sei yūgi (性遊戯)
1969 Female Student Guerilla Jogakusei gerira (女学生ゲリラ)
1969 A.K.A. Serial Killer Ryakusho / Renzoku shasatsuma (略称・連続射殺魔)
1969 Rebel Woman: Dream Hell Hanjo mugen jigoku (叛女・夢幻地獄)
1971 Gushing Prayer Funshutsu kigan 15-sai no Baishunfu (噴出祈願 十五代の売春婦)
1971 Red Army/PLFP: Declaration of World War Sekigun-P.F.L.P: Sekai senso sengen (赤軍PFLP・世界戦争宣言)
2007 Prisoner / Terrorist Yûheisha - terorisuto (幽閉者 テロリスト)
2016 Artist of Fasting Danjiki Geinin (断食芸人)


  1. ^ Desjardins, Chris (2005-05-27). Outlaw Masters of Japanese Film. I.B.Tauris & Co. p. 173. ISBN 978-1-84511-090-1.
  2. ^ "新宿の酒場は日本赤軍よりヒドい!? 若松孝二監督の盟友・足立正生が振り返る60年代".
  3. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2007-08-21). "Midnight Eye interview: Masao Adachi". Retrieved 2010-02-02.

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