As directed by an apprentice to innovators Imamura and Suzuki, the daily life of an Osaka prostitute comes alive with seedy locations, inventive camerawork, and a snazzy score. –NYFF
Noboru Tanaka (田中登 Tanaka Noboru?, (August 15, 1937 – October 4, 2006)) was a Japanese film director best known known for his Roman Porno films, including three critically respected films known as the Showa trilogy: A Woman Called Sada Abe (aka Sada Abe: Docu-Drama) (1975), Watcher in the Attic (1976), and Beauty’s Exotic Dance: Torture! (1977), all three starring Nikkatsu Roman porno queen Junko Miyashita. The first film in this trilogy recounted the story of Sada Abe a year before Nagisa Oshima’s internationally released In the Realm of the Senses (1976), which told the same story. Though at the time he was working, his career was overshadowed by directors such as Tatsumi Kumashiro and Chusei Sone, many critics today judge Tanaka the best of Nikkatsu’s Roman porno directors.
Tanaka was born in Hakuba in Nagano prefecture on August 15, 1937. He majored in French literature at Meiji University in Tokyo. Tanaka said that his interest in the cinema came about… read more