Zenzō Matsuyama (松山 善三, Matsuyama Zenzō, 3 April 1925 – 27 August 2016) was a Japanese screenwriter and film director. He was born in Kobe and grew up in Yokohama. After leaving school, he began training to become a doctor but dropped out of medical school to take up a career in films. In 1948 he became an assistant director at Shochiku studios. With the support of Keisuke Kinoshita, he also began writing film scripts. His first filmed script was Kojo no tsuki, based on the song "Kōjō no Tsuki", filmed in 1954. In 1955 he married actress Hideko Takamine. He made his debut as a director with a film called Na mo naku mazushiku utsukushiku in 1961. He continued to work as a scriptwriter for films like Proof of the Man as well as a director. He also wrote the lyrics for a song "Ippon no enpitsu" for Hibari Misora.
Movies & TV shows
From the point-of-view of the children, "Mother" tells the story of the most unappreciated, loving and giving mother, who would sacrifice her own life, and sometimes the life of others, for her loved ...
This Is Noriko
Fictionalized account of 20-year-old Noriko Tsuji, a real-life victim of a severe birth defect which afflicted 8,000 Japanese, children whose mothers took the sedative thalidomide during pregnancy. Ts...
Wings of Icarus' Flight
The circus is a fascinating subject for a young man who travels around the world with a camera. The tents were filled with dreams, laughter, and excitement. His fate changes from that moment on. While...
Proof of the Man
When an American is murdered in a Japanese inn, Tokyo police detective Munesue follows the trail of the killer to New York. There is a New York City detective named Shuftan who is with him.
The Twilight Years
Great story about a woman who looks after her father in law. Takamine Hideko is so beautiful and powerful in this role!
Long Journey into Love
A beautifully told story of a woman hardened by marriage to a man she doesn't love, after giving herself to another. She dedicates herself to her work, designing and creating plaited cords for kimono....
The Black Battlefront Kidnappers
A taut, economical policier-cum-gang-hostage thriller.
Four sisters are named after flowers. While the two youngest are married, the older two are still single, much to the annoyance of their mother. The mother and her brother are trying to find husbands....
Moment of Terror
When a child is struck by a car and dies, the child's mother seeks vengeance against the driver. The wife of a company president is having an affair. The woman's husband tries to cover up the incident...
The Swan Elegy
A girl is in love with two men.
Come Marry Me
A waitress named Masako has a chance encounter with a playboy. Despite the disapproval of his wealthy parents and Masako's own feelings towards the working class cabbie Noro, Tamotsu is trying to win ...
A story about the lives of four sisters and their mother who must come to terms with each of their decisions in life.
Story of a resourceful hobo (Kobayashi), a con woman (Takamine) who pretends to be a victim of the Nagasaki A-bomb, and two orphaned children who become a most atypical Japanese family.
In 1919, a group of Japanese immigrants arrives in Hawaii. Among them Yoshio Inoue and his wife Kishimo and Sumi, a young woman ready to get married soon. With the soil that is hard to work and the su...
The Wiser Age
The lives of the five daughters and daughter-in-law of the store owner were drama.
Both fathers and sons are heavy drinkers. The son died in an accident at a bar. The satire focuses on why people drink alcohol.
Two sisters fall in love with the same man.
An investigation into a drug smuggler who is assassinated in front of an insurance building sets two detectives on a lengthy investigation through Tokyo's underworld.
Happiness of Us Alone
The story is about two people. One is blind and the other is deafness. The film follows their trials after they meet at a school reunion. And joy.
The Other Woman
The children of a distinguished professor find out in "The Other Woman" that the woman they have come to regard as their mother is actually their aunt.
A Good Man, A Good Day
People in the vicinity of the university professor Ozeki Hitoshi think he is eccentric. Hitoshi is not happy with the situation when his daughter is asked to marry a colleague.
The Youth and His Amulet
Gen is a lonely orphan boy. His sole sense of companionship comes from an imaginary friend, the god Prince Fudo-Myo. Prince Fudo-Myo comes to the boy's rescue in times of difficulty.
The Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer
The last remaining men are at Manchuria. Intent on returning to his wife and his old life, Kaji faces great odds in a variety of different harrowing circumstances as he and his fellow men sneak behind...
The Lovelorn Geisha
A woman and her daughter are in love with the same man, the chef at the restaurant that the mother manages. He considers himself to be already dead because he was crippled from the cold in the labor c...
Goodbye to Glory
A story of a young man who gave his life for his country.
The Dangerous Kiss
Takarada is a lightweight boxing champion.
Daughters, Wives and a Mother
A large extended family is more extensive than the one portrayed by Ozu in this film. The central character is a poised middle-aged woman, whose wealthy husband dies at the outset of the action, leavi...
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity
The vets mistreated Kaji when he was in the army. Kaji revolted against the abusive treatment of a recruit in the army. Shinj Itthei was in front of the Russian tanks.
The Human Condition I: No Greater Love
Kaji was a supervisor during the Second World War. He wants to help his prisoners, but he doesn't want to be a soldier. The escape attempt by Chinese prisoners resulted in Kaji's arrest. There is a ch...
Eight filmmakers collaborate with Teshigahara to create a "frantic, non-stop pop newsreel". Mixing cutout animation with color and black & white photography, this snapshot documents Tokyo in 1957-58, ...
A university student moves into an apartment building and becomes involved with a waitress. The landlord is trying to evict tenants and sell the building.
Good Luck to These Two
A young man and woman are determined to marry despite opposition from her parents.
Typhoon Over Nagasaki
Pierre Marsac, a French engineer working for the Nagasaki shipbuilding yards, fell in love with a charming Japanese girl named Noriko and has fallen in love with both Japan and France. Pierre's former...