Yōjirō Takita

Yōjirō Takita
Born (1955-12-04) December 4, 1955
Takaoka, Toyama, Japan
Occupation Film director

Yōjirō Takita (滝田 洋二郎 Takita Yōjirō, born December 4, 1955) is a Japanese filmmaker.


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 accodlades, for the film.

Filmography as director

Filmography as assistant director

  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)


  1. "Yojiro Takita". Pinkeiga.com. 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. 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. "Domain Registered at Safenames". Reel.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  8. "Kimurake no hitobito (1988)". IMDb.com. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
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