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Hiroshi Teshigahara
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Hiroshi Teshigahara

Teshigahara Hiroshi (January 28, 1927 - April 14, 2001) was an avant-garde Japanese film-maker. He was born in Tokyo, son to the famous Sofu Teshigahara, founder and grand master of the Sogetsu School of Ikebana. He graduated in 1950 from the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music and went on to direct his first film, The Pitfall, in collaboration with author Kobo Abe and musician Toru Takemitsu in 1962. The film won the NHK New Director's award, and throughout the 1960s, Teshigahara continued to collaborate on films with Abe and Takemitsu while simultaneously pursuing his interest in Ikebana and sculpture on a professional level.

In 1964, the Teshigahara/Abe film The Woman in the Dunes was considered for an Academy Award and ended up winning the Special Judge's Prize at the Cannes Film Festival. In 1972 he worked with Japanese researcher and translator John Nathan to make the movie Summer Soldiers, a film set during the Vietnam War about American deserters living on the fringe of Japanese society.

From the mid-1970s on, Teshigahara's directing output on feature films decreased as he concentrated more on documentaries, exhibitions and the Sogetsu School, eventually becoming the grand master of the school in 1980.

On the first anniversary of his death, in April 14, 2002, a DVD box set of his most famous works was released in Japan to commemorate his work.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Hiroshi Teshigahara Facts

BirthdayJanuary 28, 1927
BirthplaceTokyo, Japan
Date of deathApril 14, 2001 (age 74)

Selected Filmography

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