Zenzo Matsuyama

Zenzō Matsuyama (松山 善三, Matsuyama Zenzō, 3 April 1925 – 27 August 2016)[1] was a Japanese screenwriter and film director.[2] 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.[3]

Zenzō Matsuyama
Hideko Takamine and Zenzo Matsuyama Scan10001.JPG
The wedding of Matsuyama and Takamine
Born(1925-04-03)3 April 1925
Kobe, Japan
Died27 August 2016(2016-08-27) (aged 91)
  • Screenwriter
  • director
(m. 1955; died 2010)

Selected filmographyEdit

Title (English) Release date Title (Japanese) Job
The Human Condition 1959-1961 人間の條件 Scriptwriter
Na mo Naku Mazushiku Utsukushiku 1961 名もなく貧しく美しく Scriptwriter, director
Burari Bura-bura Monogatari 1962 ぶらりぶらぶら物語 Scriptwriter, director
Long Journey into Love 1973 N/A Scriptwriter
Proof of the Man 1978 人間の証明 Scriptwriter


  1. ^ 映画監督の松山善三さん死去 「名もなく貧しく美しく」 (in Japanese)
  2. ^ "松山善三". Nihon jinmei daijiten+Plus (in Japanese). Kōdansha. Retrieved 21 March 2012.
  3. ^ "松山善三 高峰秀子". cinemanouveau. Retrieved 27 December 2020.

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