Tarō Araki

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Tarō Araki
Born (1961-02-16) February 16, 1961 (age 54)[1]
Tokyo, Japan
Occupation Film director
Years active 1981

Tarō Araki (荒木太郎 Araki Tarō?, born February 16, 1961) is a Japanese film director, screenwriter, and actor. Including Yutaka Ikejima, Yumi Yoshiyuki and Minoru Kunizawa, Araki is one of the four top pink film directors of Ōkura Productions (OP) at the turn of the millennium.[2]

Life and career[edit]

Tarō Araki first entered the film industry as an extra in 1981.[1] He began his behind-the-camera work through Kokuei studio in 1985. There he worked as assistant director on such films as Yukio Kitazawa's Wet Virgin: Obscene Assault (1985) and Kazuhiro Sano's first film as director, Capturing: Dirty Foreplay (監禁 ワイセツな前戯 Kankin: waisetsuna zengi?) aka Last Bullet.[3] Araki often appears as an actor in his films as well as in films by other directors. His performance in Parade (パレード?) (1995) earned Araki a Best Actor, 2nd Place award at the Pink Grand Prix.[4]

Araki's directorial debut was with 異常露出・見せたがり in 1996.[5] His approach to the pink film is different from that of many of the more prominent directors of the last two decades such as the groups known as the "Four Heavenly Kings of Pink" (ピンク四天王 pinku shitenno?) and "Seven Lucky Gods of Pink" (ピンク七福神 shichifukujin?). Araki has a more populist impulse to his filmmaking, and is a vocal opponent of making a film to please one's self rather than the audience. He intentionally tries to please the traditional theatrical pink film audience, particularly those outside the large cities, rather than the more intellectual critics and fans who are represented by P*G magazine and the Pink Grand Prix ceremony.[3] Nevertheless, Araki has proven himself a successful director at the Pink Grand Prix. Besides the acting and Best New Director awards, Araki's film Sad and Painful Search: Office Lady Essay (2000) was chosen as Best Film,[6] and his Sister-in-Law's Wet Thighs (2001) earned Araki an award for Best Director.[7] Additionally, he has had numerous films on the Pink Grand Prix's yearly Top-Ten list.

Partial filmography[edit]

Pink Grand Prix[edit]

Pinky Ribbon Awards[edit]





  1. ^ a b "荒木太郎". Director's Guild of Japan. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  2. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 334. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  3. ^ a b Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 334–35. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7. 
  4. ^ "Best Ten of 1995 (1995年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  5. ^ "Pink Films History" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-06-21. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Best Ten of 2000 (2000年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
  7. ^ "Best Ten of 2001 (2001年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. 
Awards and achievements
Pink Grand Prix
Preceded by
Minoru Kunizawa
for The Bride is Wet on the Wedding Night
Pink Grand Prix for Best Director
Tarō Araki

for Sister-in-Law's Wet Thighs
Succeeded by
Mitsuru Meike
for Shameless Family