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Born: Tokyo, Japan, 28 January 1927.

The son of a painter who specialized in floral designs, he studied painting at the Tokyo Art Institute and made his first contact with film as a critic. He began directing documentary shorts in the early 50s and moved onto features in the 60s. His first feature-length film, The Pitfall (1961), was by his own definition a "documentary fantasy." It revealed a preoccupation with the bizarre which blossomed into a compelling abstract experience in Woman in the Dunes (1964). The latter film, made independently for a mere $100,000, made a strong impression on Western audiences with its bold imagery and enormous close-ups and won the Jury Prize at Cannes. Teshigahara's subsequent films, mainly psychological thrillers, have been less daring or innovative. He has his own film company, Teshigahara Productions.

Ephraim Katz, The Film Encyclopedia

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