by Chris MaGee
Tetsuji Takechi's 1964 film "Daydream (Hakujitsumu)" is considered by most Japanese film historians as the first true pink film (you can read my review of it here). Like many pink films it wasn't sexually explicit, but the remake that Takechi himself made in 1981 with Kyoko Aizome in the lead role of a woman caught up in a sadomasochistic relationship with her dentist was much more explicit. Takechi ended up passing away in 1988 at the age of 75, but now his most famous work is being remade yet again, this time co-directed by Kyoko Aizome herself and leading pink filmmaker Shinji Imaoka.
Now 51-years-old, and a pink film director in her own right, Aizome will bring Junichiro Tanizaki's classic 1926 erotic story to the screen this September with 23-year-old newbie actress Saki Saijo (above right) in the lead role. Saijo's co-star will be 27-year-old Shunsuke Osaka of the Johnny's Jr. talent factory.
While I own a copy of Takechi's '64 "Daydream" I've never seen the sequel, but it will be interesting to see how someone from the other side of the lens reinterprets this favorite story of the pink film genre. Thanks to Tokyograph for the details on this.