Tanaka Noboru

Christine Marran marran at umn.edu
Wed Oct 4 22:22:00 EDT 2006

This is very sad news. He was a wonderful director.
My favorite Tanaka films were Maruhi: Shikijo mesu ichiba (1974)
Maruhi: joro seme jigoku (1973).  They are artful, memorable films.


Aaron Gerow wrote:
> 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.
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Christine L. Marran
Associate Professor of Japanese Literature and Cultural Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Department of Asian Languages and Literatures
University of Minnesota

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