Tetsuji Takechi  

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Tetsuji Takechi (December 10, 1912 - July 26, 1988) was a Japanese theatrical and film director. In the 1940s and 1950s he produced highly influential and popular experimental Kabuki plays, sometimes collaborating with writer Yukio Mishima. His 1964 film Daydream was the first big-budget, mainstream Pink film released in Japan. After the release of his 1965 film Black Snow, the government arrested him on indecency charges. The trial became a major battle between Japan's intellectuals and the conservative establishment. Takechi won the lawsuit, enabling the wave of softcore pink movies which dominated Japan's domestic cinema during the 1960s and 1970s. He became the host of a popular TV program, The Tetsuji Takechi Hour, during the 1970s. In the 1980s, he remade Daydream twice, starring actress Kyoko Aizome in both films. The first Daydream (1981) remake is considered the first theatrical hardcore pornographic film in Japan. His influence on Kabuki was felt for decades, and his films and battles against censorship in Japan earned him the label, "The Father of Japanese Porn."

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