Simon Yam

Simon Yam
With Hong Kong actor Simon Yam at the 2010 NY Asian Film Festival

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

ACF 1720: Kon Ichikawa remembered

Japanese film director Kon Ichikawa was born on in Mie, Japan. His IMDb filmography lists 89 titles, including two TV movies and one TV series. His career began in 1934, when he directed the short Kachikachi yama and concluded with his final film The Inugamis, which was released in 2006.

He is perhaps best known, at least in the West for such films as The Burmese Harp (1956), Fires on the Plain (1959), Tokyo Olympiad (1965, a documentary), and The Makioka Sisters (1983). Except for Tokyo Olympiad, which is out of print, these titles are currently available from Criterion.

Ichikawa died on February 13, 2008 in Tokyo.

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