Zenzō Matsuyama

Zenzō Matsuyama

Known For: Writing · Birthday: 1925-04-03 · Deathday: 2016-08-27 (91 years old) · Gender: Male · Place of Birth: Kobe, Japan

49 Movies

Also Known As: Zenzo Matsuyama · 松山 善三

Biography

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

2015.

1 Movie
Ishibumi

Ishibumi

2015
A memorial to the atomic annihilation of 321 students at Hiroshima Middle School.

1993.

1 Movie
Rainbow Bridge

Rainbow Bridge

1993
Set in Edo-era Kyoto, this drama depicts the adolescent battles and the love between parents and children who are born and raised in the same tenement house.

1988.

1 Movie
Mother

Mother

1988
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 ...

1985.

1 Movie
Kimi ga kagayaku toki

Kimi ga kagayaku toki

1985
A boy wants to be a soccer player.

1981.

1 Movie
This Is Noriko

This Is Noriko

1981
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...

1980.

1 Movie
Wings of Icarus' Flight

Wings of Icarus' Flight

1980
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...

1977.

1 Movie
Proof of the Man

Proof of the Man

1977
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.

1973.

3 Movies
The Twilight Years

The Twilight Years

1973
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

Long Journey into Love

1973
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

The Black Battlefront Kidnappers

1973
A taut, economical policier-cum-gang-hostage thriller.

1967.

1 Movie
O Luna, My Pony!

O Luna, My Pony!

1967
Based on the hit song, the story involves a young boy and girl who leave their home in Hokkaido to come and live in Tokyo.

1966.

4 Movies
The Daphne

The Daphne

1966
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

Moment of Terror

1966
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

The Swan Elegy

1966
A girl is in love with two men.
Come Marry Me

Come Marry Me

1966
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 ...

1965.

1 Movie
The Last Judgment

The Last Judgment

1965
The last decision.

1964.

3 Movies
Yearning

Yearning

1964
After a bombing raid destroys the family store, Reiko rebuilds and runs the shop out of love.
Could I But Live

Could I But Live

1964
Could I live?

1963.

1 Movie

1962.

7 Movies
Four Sisters

Four Sisters

1962
A story about the lives of four sisters and their mother who must come to terms with each of their decisions in life.
My Hobo

My Hobo

1962
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.
Mother Country

Mother Country

1962
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 Wiser Age

1962
The lives of the five daughters and daughter-in-law of the store owner were drama.
Drunkard's Paradise

Drunkard's Paradise

1962
Both fathers and sons are heavy drinkers. The son died in an accident at a bar. The satire focuses on why people drink alcohol.
Our Marriage

Our Marriage

1962
Two sisters fall in love with the same man.
Tokyo Bay

Tokyo Bay

1962
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.

1961.

5 Movies
Happiness of Us Alone

Happiness of Us Alone

1961
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 Other Woman

1961
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

A Good Man, A Good Day

1961
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

The Youth and His Amulet

1961
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 Human Condition III: A Soldier's Prayer

5.44
1961
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...

1960.

4 Movies
The Lovelorn Geisha

The Lovelorn Geisha

1960
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

Goodbye to Glory

1960
A story of a young man who gave his life for his country.
The Dangerous Kiss

The Dangerous Kiss

1960
Takarada is a lightweight boxing champion.
Daughters, Wives and a Mother

Daughters, Wives and a Mother

1960
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...

1959.

2 Movies
The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

The Human Condition II: Road to Eternity

3.33
1959
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

The Human Condition I: No Greater Love

4.75
1959
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...

1958.

1 Movie
Tokyo 1958

Tokyo 1958

1958
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, ...

1957.

3 Movies
Black River

Black River

1957
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

Good Luck to These Two

1957
A young man and woman are determined to marry despite opposition from her parents.
Typhoon Over Nagasaki

Typhoon Over Nagasaki

1957
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...

1956.

3 Movies
Fountainhead

Fountainhead

1956
The secretary of the industrialist's company is wooed by a botanist.
Eyes of Children

Eyes of Children

1956
It was directed by Yoshiro Kawazu.
I Will Buy You

I Will Buy You

1956
A talent scout is dead-set on signing a promising athlete to the Toyko Flowers.

1955.

3 Movies
The Tattered Wings

The Tattered Wings

1955
A young widow made world weary by her abusive, neglectful husband finds herself in a minor scandal when she sees her childhood sweetheart.
Beautiful Days

Beautiful Days

1955
There is a romantic drama about a family of florists.
The First Kiss

The First Kiss

1955
The film is about young lovers.

1951.

1 Movie
Carmen Comes Home

Carmen Comes Home

1951
A girl who left her hometown for the exciting adventure of the big city returns home years later and causes scandal.
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