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Jun Ichikawa, 1948 - 2008

Posted September 19, 2008

Jun Ichikawa

Jun Ichikawa

Japanese director Jun Ichikawa died today. He had collapsed while eating lunch, but died before he could be saved. Ichikawa came to film from making television ads. But his aesthetic had little to do with that asectic was more classic and formal than commercial. Clearly a successor of Ozu, Ichikawa unfurled his quiet dramas with precision and compassion. His most celebrated work in American is 2004 Tony Takitani, a elegant portrait of grief based a Haruki Murakami short story. The film was nominated for a 2006 Independent Spirit Award, as well festival award internationally, including a special jury prize at Locarno. He was busy editing his most recent film buy a suit at the time of his death.