Director Hasebe dead at 77

Action helmer died earlier in June

HONG KONG -- Japanese film director Yasuharu Hasebe died, aged 77, earlier this month, according to local reports Saturday.

Known for his action films at the Nikkatsu studios and his later TV series, Hasebe's credits included "Nora Neko Rock" ("Stray Cats Rock") and "Abunai Deka" ("Dangerous Detectives").

His most recent movie, "Aibo shirizu Kanshiki Yonezawa Mamoru no jikenbo," a drama produced for Toho and TV Asahi, was released in March this year.
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