Kon Ichikawa: 1915-2008

Rest in peace, Mr. Ichikawa.

by | February 15, 2008 | Comments

Kon Ichikawa, the Japanese director whose work on 1956’s The Burmese Harp earned him an Oscar nomination, has passed away at the age of 92.

The news was announced by the Toho Corporation, the company that released many of Ichikawa’s films. Chizuko Wagatsuma, a Toho spokesperson, told reporters that Ichikawa died of pneumonia after a brief hospitalization.

Known as much for his technique as for his catholic tastes, Ichikawa won a number of awards during his long career, including a Cannes jury prize for 1960’s Kagi and a 2001 lifetime achievement award from the World Film Festival of Montreal. Japanese film critic Tadao Sato released a statement praising Ichikawa’s work, excerpted below:

“Ichikawa surely stands alongside Akira Kurosawa and Keisuke Miyashita as one of Japan’s great directors. He made not just art films, but also melodramas, documentaries, mysteries and others … and he brought to all of them a technique and craft that showed he took the works seriously no matter the subject. Even his light entertainments had class.”

Ichikawa is survived by two sons.

Source: Associated Press

Tag Cloud

BBC The CW Fantasy Reality Competition Biopics Rock DirecTV Winter TV MSNBC Valentine's Day Bravo period drama discovery TIFF Animation Fall TV Teen boxoffice Watching Series TCA NYCC GoT 2015 El Rey Nat Geo Character Guide Best and Worst Star Trek SundanceTV GLAAD TV Masterpiece crime drama Certified Fresh X-Men crime thriller Summer travel Sundance Year in Review Music 2016 Nominations Sneak Peek police drama VH1 Oscars Trailer TBS CMT biography Interview Photos Kids & Family Set visit thriller FXX Ghostbusters politics Podcast President Pop Superheroes SDCC sports PBS cops docudrama social media Nickelodeon Cartoon Network History First Look Disney Channel GIFs vampires 2017 serial killer Syfy E! Food Network American Society of Cinematographers LGBTQ Election Rocky diversity harry potter Martial Arts aliens Red Carpet cooking Super Bowl Drama Thanksgiving PaleyFest TCA 2017 Box Office ABC Family TNT 007 ESPN Infographic Grammys CBS All Access TV Land Comic Book Esquire OWN Writers Guild of America Cosplay Spring TV Crackle Disney 24 frames CBS science fiction Extras Horror USA Netflix sitcom Sci-Fi Adult Swim Video Games Awards Exclusive Video Mystery Starz Reality Tomatazos Lionsgate Fox News Calendar BET dramedy ITV singing competition MTV Comedy Central IFC WGN Showtime Toys Freeform Opinion AMC Country Premiere Dates HBO NBC Countdown Tumblr TCM FX Action Trivia Winners Comedy Rom-Com Marathons Marvel CNN technology Emmys Amazon TruTV APB Schedule DC Comics BBC America Mary Tyler Moore comiccon Musicals A&E ABC Star Wars FOX adventure Hulu RT History Logo Holidays war Pirates Universal Lifetime Polls and Games VICE cinemax