Yumi Yoshiyuki

Yumi Yoshiyuki
Born (1965-08-19) August 19, 1965[1]
Occupation Film director
Years active 1993

Yumi Yoshiyuki (吉行由実 or 吉行由美 Yoshiyuki Yumi) is a Japanese film director, actress, and screenwriter best known for her work in the pink film genre.

Life and career

While studying economics at Dokkyo University, Yoshiyuki developed a love of film.[2] She debuted as an actress in the pink film genre in 1993 in director Toshiki Satō's Petting Lesbians: Sensitive Zone (ペッティング・レズ 性感帯 Petting lez: seikan-tai).[3] By the time of her directorial debut three years later, she had appeared in over 100 pink productions.[1][2] Among the prominent pink film directors she has acted for is Satoru Kobayashi, the director of the first pink film, Flesh Market (1962). She appeared in Kobayashi's Erotic Ghost Story: Female Ghost in Heat (色欲怪談 発情女ゆうれい Shikiyoku Kaidan: Hatsujo Onna Yurei) (1995), starring AV idol, Nao Saejima.[4] The mainstream Yokohama Film Festival awarded Yoshiyuki with the Best Supporting Actress title for her work in director Akio Jissoji's Rampo Edogawa adaptation, The D-Slope Murder Case (D坂の殺人事件 D-Zaka no satsujin jiken).[3][5]

In 1996 Yoshiyuki directed her first pink film, Chronic Rutting Adultery Wife (まん性発情不倫妻 Mansei hatsujō furin-zuma).[6] At the Pink Grand Prix she was given a Best New Director award for her debut work, as well as the second place for Best Actress. The film was selected as the 10th best pink release of the year.[7] Since then, films directed by Yoshiyuki have often been placed in the top ten. Her talents as a screenwriter were also awarded at the 2004 Pink Grand Prix for the film Housekeeper with Beautiful Skin: Made Wet with Finger Torture (美肌家政婦 指責め濡らして Mihada Kaseifu: Yubizeme Nurashite).[8]

Anglophone pink film authority Jasper Sharp contrasts Yoshiyuki's style with that of well-known female pink director Sachi Hamano. Calling her directorial style "softer and gentler" than Hamano's, which he characterizes as "lewder, ruder and cruder than most in the genre," he notes that it is easier to detect a feminine sensibility in Yoshiyuki's work. In her films she often depicts the lives of ordinary women in modern Japan. While this is not an unusual theme in the contemporary pink film, Yoshiyuki's work is recognisable for the meticulous and authentic detail the director achieves.[9]

Yoshiyuki's directorial work has also been recognized by non-pink audiences. In 2004, her film Aspiring Home Tutor: Soiled Pure Whiteness (憧れの家庭教師 汚された純白 Akogare no katei kyōshi) was invited to be shown at the Yūbari International Fantastic Film Festival.[6] Her 2006 film, Big Tit Sisters: Blow Through the Valley, under the title Three Rules to be a Witch (魔女になるための3つのルール Majo ni naru tame no mittsu no rūru), was also invited to be shown at the festival, and Yoshiyuki attended as a guest.[10][11][12] Also honored by the pink film community, Big Tit Sisters was chosen as the 7th Best Film at the Pink Grand Prix ceremony,[13][14] and the walkerplus film site named it the sixth best pink film of the year.[15] Her 2004 film Just When I Need You Most (せつないかもしれない Setsunaikamo shirenai), besides winning 5th best pink release at the Pink Grand Prix, was shown at the 13th Lesbian and Gay Film Festival.[6]


Partial filmography

Top-ten films, Pink Grand Prix

Pinky Ribbon Award-winning films






  1. 1 2 "吉行由実 - Yumi Yoshiyuki" (in Japanese). www.apres.jp. Retrieved 2009-06-04. External link in |publisher= (help)
  2. 1 2 "祝・「ミス・ピーチ」DVD化&新作がゆうばり映画祭へ! 吉行由実監督インタビュー (Yumi Yoshiyuki Interview)" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. Retrieved 2009-06-04. External link in |publisher= (help)
  3. 1 2 Sharp, Jasper (2008). Behind the Pink Curtain: The Complete History of Japanese Sex Cinema. Guildford: FAB Press. p. 298. ISBN 978-1-903254-54-7.
  4. Weisser, Thomas; Yuko Mihara Weisser (1998). Japanese Cinema Encyclopedia: The Sex Films. Miami: Vital Books : Asian Cult Cinema Publications. ISBN 1-889288-52-7.
  5. 第20回ヨコハマ映画祭: 1998年日本映画個人賞 (in Japanese). Yokohama Film Festival homepage. Retrieved 2009-02-06. External link in |publisher= (help)
  6. 1 2 3 "Pink Films History" (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-06-04. External link in |publisher= (help)
  7. "Best Ten of 1996 (1996年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)
  8. "Best Ten of 2004 (2004年度ベストテン)" (in Japanese). P*G Website. Retrieved January 18, 2009. External link in |publisher= (help)
  9. Sharp, 297-298
  10. 魔女になるための3つのルール (in Japanese). Spotted Productions. Retrieved 2009-02-15. External link in |publisher= (help)
  11. ゆうばり国際ファンタスティック映画祭2006:フォーラムシアター25日:諏訪太朗はもちろん、作家戸梶圭太の激安犯罪バラエティあり、魔女っ子ピンク映画ありで大盛況 (in Japanese). www.cinematopics.com. 2006-02-26. Retrieved 2009-05-18. External link in |publisher= (help)
  12. ゆうばり国際ファンタスティック映画祭2006 (in Japanese). YUBARI INTERNATIONAL FANTASTIC FILM FESTIVAL. Retrieved 2009-02-15. External link in |publisher= (help)
  13. 2006年度ベストテン (in Japanese). P.G. Web Site. Retrieved 2009-05-18. External link in |publisher= (help)
  14. Toda, Miho (2007-05-08). ""Pink" Films Seen with Great Excitement on the Shinbungeiza Theater's Big Screen! The Academy Awards of the R-18 Film "19th Pink Prize" (新文芸坐の大スクリーンで観る"ピンク"な映画に大興奮! R-18映画のアカデミー賞こと<第19回ピンク大賞>は立見続出!!! - Shinbungeiza no dai screen de miru "Pink" na eiga ni daikofun! R-18 eiga no akademiisho koto "Dai 19kai pinku taishō" wa tachikenzokushutsu!!" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. Retrieved 2009-05-18. External link in |publisher= (help)
  15. "NIPPON EROTICS plus(R18 映画最前線)】(16)2006年度ピンク映画ベスト10+α" (in Japanese). www.walkerplus.com. 2007-02-02. Archived from the original on 2008-03-23. Retrieved 2010-03-15. ※2006年度ピンク映画ベスト10 ... 6.「巨乳な姉妹 谷間に吸い付け」 External link in |publisher= (help)
  16. "吉行由実 - Yumi Yoshiyuki profile" (in Japanese). www.apres.jp. Retrieved 2009-06-04. External link in |publisher= (help)
Awards and achievements
Pink Grand Prix
Preceded by
Takahisa Zeze
for Upcoming Scenery
Pink Grand Prix for Best Director
Yumi Yoshiyuki

for Sisters Donburi: No Pulling Out
Succeeded by
Yutaka Ikejima
for Moon Light Dinner
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