Born in 1945, Hara Kazuo is a master documentary filmmaker in contemporary Japan. He graduated from the Tokyo College of Photography and began his career as a photographer. In 1972, he founded Shisso Production Company and made his directorial debut with Goodbye CP. He garnered international attention with Extreme Private Eros: Love Song 1974 (1974) about his ex-wife, the radical feminist Takeda Miyuki, and The Emperor’s Naked Army Marches On (1987), which follows Okuzaki Kenzo who attempted to attack the Japanese emperor. His other works include A Dedicated Life (1994), which won the Kinema Junpo Award for Best Film of the Year, and Sennan Asbestos Disaster (2017), which won the BIFF Mecenat Award.