Sachi Hamano

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Sachi Hamano
Sachiko Suzuki

(1948-03-19) March 19, 1948 (age 72)
OccupationFilm director
Years active1971 – present

Sachi Hamano (浜野佐知, Hamano Sachi) a.k.a. Sachiko Hamano (浜野佐知子, Hamano Sachiko) and Chise Matoba (的場ちせ, Matoba Chise) (born March 19, 1948), is a Japanese film director. She is the most prolific and written-about female pink film director.[1]

Life and career[edit]

Sachi Hamano was born as Sachiko Suzuki in Tokushima Prefecture on March 19, 1948.[1][2] While in high school, Hamano decided she wanted to become a film director.[3] She studied photography for a while in college in Tokyo, then quit to work in film.[1]

"In my 30 years of making porn films, I've always wanted to present them from a woman's perspective."
-- Sachi Hamano[4]

Though the film industry was male-dominated and reluctant to hire a female director, Hamano was able to begin working as an assistant director at independent studios beginning in 1968.[3] Early in her career, at the advice of film producers, Hamano dropped the feminine "ko" ending from her name, Sachiko.[1] She has also used the name Chise Matoba for directing credits.[5] She worked for a while at Kōji Wakamatsu's Wakamatsu Pro, then for other major pink film directors including Genji Nakamura.[1] She made her debut as a director in 1971, with Million Film in 17-Year-Old Free Love Tribe (17才好き好き族) (released 1972).[1][3][6]

With the goal of making films from a woman's perspective, in 1984, Hamano founded her own film production company, Tantansha.[3] As a producer and director, she has released over 300 films.[3] For ENK, Hamano filmed the 1990 gay pink film Blazing Men.[7] Her 1997 film, Whore Hospital was given Honorable Mention at the Pink Grand Prix.[8] In 1998, with the financial support of over 12,000 donations from women throughout Japan, she made the film, In Search of a Lost Writer: Wandering the World of the Seventh Sense (第七官界彷徨-尾崎翠を探して), based on the life and work of the female author, Midori Osaki.[3] The film was given the Amari Hayashi Prize at the 2000 Japanese Independent Film Festival.[2]

In 2001 she filmed Lily Festival (2001), based on Hoko Momotani's novel about sexuality among senior citizens.[3] The film was given the Best Feature Film award at the Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival in 2003.[9][10] In 2006, Hamano returned to Midori Osaki, filming The Cricket Girl, based on one of Osaki's novels.[3] Hamano published her autobiography, When a Woman Makes a Film in 2005.[11]

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  1. ^ a b c d e f Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 296. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.
  2. ^ a b c d 浜野 佐知 (in Japanese). Director's Guild of Japan. Archived from the original on 2007-10-07. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Introduction and Background: "The Cricket Girl": About the Director". Sachi Hamano's homepage. Retrieved October 15, 2010.
  4. ^ Hamano, Sachi quoted in Yu, Sen-lun (2002-09-18). "Pornography from a woman's perspective". Taipei Times. Retrieved 2009-12-11.
  5. ^ Sharp, p. 297.
  6. ^ "Pink Films History" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  7. ^ Sharp, p. 305.
  8. ^ a b "Best Ten of 1997 (1997年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved January 18, 2009.
  9. ^ "Awards for Yurisai (2001)". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  10. ^ "FESTIVAL WINNERS: JURY COMPETITION WINNERS: BEST FEATURE FILM (LESBIAN)". Philadelphia International Gay & Lesbian Film Festival. Archived from the original on 2004-12-10. Retrieved 2009-07-22.
  11. ^ Sharp, p. 298.

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