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Takahisa Zeze

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Years active  1989–present
Name  Takahisa Zeze

Role  Film director
Education  Kyoto University

Born  24 May 1960 (age 55) (1960-05-24) Japan
Occupation  Film director Screenwriter
Movies  Strayer's Chronicle, Life Back Then, Heaven's Story, Moon Child, Pandemic
Similar People  Masaki Okada, Shota Sometani, Shun'ya Shiraishi, Ken Mitsuishi, Rei Dan

The Promised Land (Rakuen) teaser trailer - Takahisa Zeze-directed movie

Takahisa Zeze (瀬々敬久, Zeze Takahisa, born 24 May 1960) is a Japanese film director and screenwriter best known for his soft-core pornographic pink films of the 1990s. Along with fellow directors, Kazuhiro Sano, Toshiki Satō, and Hisayasu Sato, he is known as one of the "Four Heavenly Kings of Pink" (ピンク四天王, pinku shitennō).


Life and career

Takahisa Zeze was born in 1960 and graduated from Kyoto University in 1986. While attending this prestigious university, Zeze began making experimental films. He began his career in the film industry working for Shishi Productions as a screenwriter and assistant director for various pink film directors, including Hisayasu Satō.

Zeze usually writes the scripts for his films, which often contain examinations of social concerns not usually found in the pink film genre. His style is much less violent than Sato's, and rarely includes rape, one of the traditional thematic staples of the pink film from earliest times. Zeze also engages in more satire and self-conscious humor than is typical in the genre. He has the habit of giving his films eccentric titles during their production which the studios replace with a more commercially exploitable name before release. For example, Zeze's title My Existence Is a Phenomenon Based on the Hypothesis of Blue Light Generated by Organic Currency was changed to Amazon Garden: Uniform Lesbians. He sometimes uses whimsical pseudonyms in his directorial credit, such as "Jean-Luc Zeze" or "South Pole #1". After a decade of making pink films, Zeze turned to mainstream releases in 1997 with Kokkuri. While continuing to work in the pink film genre, he has since directed several mainstream successes such as Rush!, Hysteric and Dog Star. In 2002 Zeze was honored with a career retrospective at Italy's Far East Film Festival.

He often works with the cinematographer Kōichi Saitō.


Takahisa Zeze Wikipedia