Tanaka Noboru

Aaron Gerow aaron.gerow at yale.edu
Wed Oct 4 19:25:39 EDT 2006

The Asahi reported this morning that the Roman Porno director Tanaka 
Noboru died on the 4th of a brain aneurysm. He was 69. Tanaka was 
almost exclusively a Nikkatsu director, making his first film there in 
1972. Most of his works were in the Roman Porno line, with the most 
famous probably being Jitsuroku Abe Sada (1975), Yaneura no sanposha 
(1976), Tenshi no harawata Nami (1979), and Hitozuma shudan boko chishi 
jiken (1979). The last one earned him the Japanese Academy  Award for 
best director and the first three are available in one form or another 
abroad with English subtitles. His last theatrical film was in 1988 
(again for Nikkatsu), but he continued working in TV, directing dozens 
of mystery suspense TV movies.

Aaron Gerow
KineJapan owner

Assistant Professor
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
Yale University

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