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Mitsugu Ōkura

Producer, director and screenwriter Mitsugu Ōkura

Mitsugu Ōkura or Mitsugi Ōkura (大蔵貢 Ōkura Mitsugu, November 22, 1899 - September 15, 1978)[1] was a Japanese producer, director and screenwriter.

Life and careerEdit

Mitsugu Ōkura got his start in film as a benshi (a narrator for silent films). He became president of Shintōhō in 1956. Under his supervision, the studio achieved the only blockbuster success of its existence, 1957's The Meiji Emperor and the Russo-Japanese War. While continuing to produce films which exploited nationalistic feelings, Ōkura also moved Shintōhō into horror film. Two of Shintōhō's films under Ōkura-- The Ghost of Yotsuya (1959) and Jigoku (1960), both directed by Nobuo Nakagawa-- are today regarded as classics of the genre. With the motto "fast, cheap and exciting," Ōkura also lead the studio to produce erotic thrillers such as the female pearl diver films starring Michiko Maeda and Yōko Mihara.[2]

When Shintōhō went bankrupt in May 1961, Ōkura founded Ōkura Eiga. At first the new studio concentrated on Shintōhō-like horror film releases such as Okinawa Hanging Phantom Ghost Story (1962). After the immense success of Flesh Market (1962)-- the first Pink film, directed by Satoru Kobayashi for Ōkura Eiga-- Ōkura Eiga became a purely Pink film studio. Renamed OP Eiga after Ōkura's death, the studio is still a leading producer of Pink film today.[3]

Partial filmographyEdit

At ShintōhōEdit

At Ōkura EigaEdit

BibliographyEdit

NotesEdit

  1. "大蔵貢 おおくら-みつぎ" (in Japanese). kotobank.jp. Retrieved 2010-10-10.
  2. Macias, pp. 84-86.
  3. Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. pp. 46-47, etc. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.

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