Kon Ichikawa has died at 92

Hugely influential Japanese filmmaker Kon Ichikawa has died after a month-long battle with pneumonia, the Associated Press reports. Perhaps best known for his documentary on the 1964 Tokyo Olympics, Tokyo Olympiad, Ichikawa worked in a wide range of genres and employed a beautifully poetic visual sensibility.

While the Criterion edition of Tokyo Olympiad is out of print, those interested in exploring the man’s work would do well to check out two of his other classics, The Burmese Harp and Fires on the Plain are still available. Senses of Cinema‘s profile of the director (from 2004) is far better than anything I could write about the man, so I’ll just have to send you there.

Posted on February 13, 2008 at 12:37 by Gordon@MovieMakeout · Permalink
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