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Known Credits: 37

Birthday: 1935-12-10

Day of Death: 1983-05-04

Place of Birth: Aomori, Japan

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Shūji Terayama


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Shūji Terayama (December 10, 1935 – May 4, 1983) was an avant-garde Japanese poet, dramatist, writer, film director, and photographer. According to many critics and supporters, he was one of the most productive and provocative creative artists to come out of Japan. He was born December 10, 1935, the only son of Hachiro and Hatsu Terayama in Hirosaki city in the northern Japanese prefecture of Aomori. His father died at the end of Pacific War in Indonesia in September 1945. At the age of nine, his mother moved to Kyūshū to work at an American military base while he himself went to live with relatives in the city of Misawa, also in Aomori. At this same time, Terayama lived through the Aomori air raids that killed more than 30,000 people.

Terayama entered Aomori Prefectural Aomori High School in 1951, and in 1954 went to prestigious Waseda University's Faculty of Education to study Japanese language and literature. However, he soon dropped out because he fell ill with nephrotic syndrome. He received his education through working in bars in Shinjuku. His oeuvre includes a number of essays claiming that more can be learned about life through boxing and horse racing than by attending school and studying hard. Accordingly, he was one of the central figures of the "runaway" movement in Japan in the late 1960s, as depicted in his book, play, and film "Throw Away Your Books, Run into the Streets!

In 1967, Terayama formed the Tenjō Sajiki theater troupe, whose name comes from the Japanese translation of the 1945 Marcel Carné film "Les Enfants du Paradis", so can be translated as "children of heaven", however its correct translation is "Ceiling Gallery" and has a meaning similar to the English expression "Peanut Gallery". The troupe was dedicated to the avant-garde and staged a number of controversial plays tackling social issues from an iconoclastic perspective. Some major plays include "Bluebeard", "Yes", and "The Crime of Fatso Oyama", among others. Also involved with the theater were artists Aquirax Uno and Tadanori Yokoo, who designed many of the advertisement posters for the group. Musically, he worked closely with experimental composer J.A. Seazer and folk musician Kan Mikami.

He was also involved in poetry and at 18 was the second winner of the Tanka Studies Award.

Terayama experimented with ‘city plays’, a fantastical satire of civic life.

Also in 1967, Terayama started an experimental cinema and gallery called 'Universal Gravitation,' which is in fact still in existence at Misawa as a resource center. The Terayama Shūji Memorial Hall, which has a large collection of his plays, novels, poetry, photography and a great number of his personal effects and relics from his theatre productions, can also be found in Misawa. In 1976, he was a member of the jury at the 26th Berlin International Film Festival.

Terayama published almost 200 literary works, and over 20 short and full-length films.

He was married to Tenjō Sajiki co-founder Kyōko Kujō, but they later divorced, although they continued to work together until Terayama's death on May 4, 1983 from cirrhosis of the liver.

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1984 Farewell to the Ark … Director
1984 Our Age Comes Riding On A Circus Elephant … Director
1983 La Marie-vison … Director
1983 Grass Labyrinth … Director
1983 Video Letter … Director
1983 The Lemmings … Director
1983 The Hunchback of Aomori … Director
1981 Fruits of Passion … Director
1981 100 Years of Solitude … Director
1979 Private Collections … Director
1978 Directions to Servants … Director
1978 Shintokumaru … Director
1978 Cloud Cuckooland … Director
1977 The Boxer … Director
1977 Father … Director
1977 The Eraser … Director
1977 The Reading Machine … Director
1977 Les chants de Maldoror … Director
1977 The Woman With Two Heads … Director
1977 An Attempt to Describe the Measure of a Man … Director
1975 A Tale of Labyrinth … Director
1975 Smallpox Tale … Director
1975 The Trial … Director
1974 Pastoral: To Die in the Country … Director
1974 Butterfly … Director
1974 Laura … Director
1974 Young Person's Guide to Cinema … Director
1971 Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets … Director
1971 The War of Jan-Ken-Pon … Director
1971 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Director
1970 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Director
1964 The Cage … Director
1979 Private Collections … Writer
1977 An Attempt to Describe the Measure of a Man … Screenplay
1977 The Eraser … Screenplay
1977 The Woman With Two Heads … Screenplay
1977 The Reading Machine … Screenplay
1975 Smallpox Tale … Screenplay
1974 Pastoral: To Die in the Country … Writer
1974 Butterfly … Writer
1974 Young Person's Guide to Cinema … Screenplay
1971 Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets … Writer
1971 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Screenplay
1970 The Scandalous Adventures of Buraikan … Writer
1970 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Writer
1968 Nanami: The Inferno of First Love … Writer
1964 The Cage … Screenplay
1962 Tears on the Lion's Mane … Writer
1961 Dry Lake … Writer
1961 Killers on Parade … Writer
1974 Pastoral: To Die in the Country … Producer
1971 Throw Away Your Books, Rally in the Streets … Producer
1970 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Editor
1970 Emperor Tomato Ketchup … Music