Yōjirō Takita

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Yōjirō Takita
Born (1955-12-04) December 4, 1955 (age 63)
OccupationFilm director

Yōjirō Takita (滝田 洋二郎 Takita Yōjirō, born December 4, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker. Takita received an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film for his 2008 drama Departures. It marked the first time a Japanese film won the award after the category first became competitive in 1957.

Career[edit]

Yōjirō Takita entered the film industry through Mukai Productions, where he served as an assistant director.[1] Takita first came to prominence with the long-running, popular light-comic pink film Molester's Train (痴漢電車, Chikan densha) series, started by Shin'ya Yamamoto in 1975,[2] and which Takita began directing in 1982 at Shintōhō Eiga.[3] Later, for the Nikkatsu studio, Takita filmed similar Molester's films as part of that studio's Roman Porno line. Molester's School Infirmary (1984), Molester's Tour Bus (1985) and Molester's Delivery Service (1986) are some of these titles.[4] Takita's 1986 mainstream comedy, No More Comic Magazines! received critical praise, and he has produced several popular films since then. Yomiuri Shimbun writes that Takita's films usually have, "a warm tenderness, reflecting his bright and upbeat personality."[5]

In 2001, he directed Onmyoji (film), an original work by Baku Yumemakura. It became an international hit and received a prize at The Neuchâtel International Fantastic Film Festival in 2002. He directed Onmyoji 2 in 2003.

His 2008 film Departures (おくりびと, Okuribito) won the Best Foreign Language Film at the U.S. 81st Academy Awards, in an upset over the Israeli Animated documentary, Waltz with Bashir.[6] He also won the 2009 Japan Academy Prize for Director of the Year, among other accolades, for the film.

Filmography as director[edit]

Pink Films[edit]

  • Molester and the Female Teacher (痴漢女教師 - Chikan onna kyoshi) (1981)
  • (官能団地 上つき下つき刺激つき - Kanno danchi: Uetsuki shitatsuki shigekitsuki) (1982)
  • Molester's Train: Please Continue (痴漢電車 もっと続けて - Chikan densha: motto tsuzukete) (1982)
  • Molester's Train: Hunting In A Full Crowd (痴漢電車 満員豆さがし - Chikan densha: Man'in mamesagashi) (1982)
  • Molester's Train: Momoe's Tush (痴漢電車 百恵のお尻 - Chikan densha: Momoe no oshiri) (1983)
  • Serial Rape (連続暴姦 - Renzoku bokan) (1983)
  • Molester's Train: Rumiko's Tush (痴漢電車ルミ子のお尻 - Chikan densha: Rumiko no oshiri) (1983)
  • Molester's Train: Keiko's Tush (痴漢電車 けい子のヒップ - Chikan densha: Keiko no hip)
  • OL24 ji: Bishoujo - (OL 24 時 媚娼女) (1984)
  • High Noon Ripper (真昼の切り裂き魔 - Mahiru no kirisakima) (1984)
  • Goodbye Boy (グッバイボーイ) (1984)
  • Molester's School Infirmary (痴漢保険室 - Chikan hokenshitsu) (1984)
  • Groper Train: Search for the Black Pearl (痴漢電車 下着検札 - Chikan densha: shitagi kensatsu) (1984)
  • Groper Train: Wedding Capriccio (痴漢電車 ちんちん発車 - Chikan densha: chinchin hassya) (1984)
  • Molester's Train: Best Kept Secret Live Act (痴漢電車極秘本番 - Chikan densha: gokuhi honban) (1984)
  • Molester's Train: Blast Off (痴漢電車 ちんちん発車 - Chikan densha: chin chin hassha) (1984)
  • (絶倫ギャル やる気ムンムン - Zetsurin gal: Yaruki mun mun) (1985)
  • Pink Physical Examination (桃色身体検査 - Momoiro shintai kensa) (1985)
  • Molester's Tour Bus (痴漢通勤バス - Chikan tsukin bus) (1985)
  • Molester's Train: One Shot Per Train (痴漢電車 車内で一発 - Chikan densha: shanai de ippatsu) (1985)
  • Molester's Train: Seiko's Tush (痴漢電車 聖子のお尻 - Chikan densha: Seiko no oshiri) (1985)
  • Molester's Train: 1 Centimeter From The Wall (痴漢電車 あと奥まで1cm - Chikan densha: ato oku made 1cm) (1985)
  • ザ・緊縛 (1986)
  • Za Mania: Kaikan seitai jikken (ザ・マニア 快感生体実験) (1986)
  • Time Escapade: 5 Seconds Til Climax (タイム・アバンチュール 絶頂5秒前 - Time adventure: zeccho 5-byo Mae) (1986)
  • Hamidashi School Mizugi (はみ出しスクール水着) (1986)
  • Molester's Delivery Service (痴漢宅配便 - Chikan takuhaibin) (1986)

Filmography as assistant director[edit]

  1. 実録 痴漢教師 (1983)
  2. 猟奇薔薇化粧 (1979)
  3. 下落合焼とりムービー (1979)
  4. デパート・ガール 恍惚三姉妹 (1978)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Yojiro Takita". Pinkeiga.com. Archived from the original on 2010-10-17. Retrieved 2010-10-28.
  2. ^ Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.
  3. ^ Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. pp. 276–277. ISBN 1-889288-52-7.
  4. ^ Weisser, p.279.
  5. ^ Kondo, Takashi (2009-02-25). "Oscar winner Takita almost left speechless". Yomiuri Shimbun. Yomiuri Group. Archived from the original on 2009-02-26. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  6. ^ Blair, Gavin J. (2009-02-22). "Japan's 'Departures' pulls off Oscar upset". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on March 1, 2009. Retrieved 24 February 2009.
  7. ^ "Kimurake no hitobito (1988)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  8. ^ "Domain Registered at Safenames". Reel.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.

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