Nepal Earthquake: Japanese Sound Engineer Killed in Everest Avalanche
Hiroshi Yamagata was working on a Chinese documentary when the avalanche struck.
Hiroshi Yamagata, a leading Japanese sound engineer, was killed in the Mount Everest avalanche on Saturday while in Nepal working on Chinese documentary, according to reports from a local travel company.
The 56-year-old sound engineer, who had worked on numerous films in Japan and China, was in demand due to his technical skills, easygoing personality and Chinese-language abilities, said those who had worked with him.
"As well as being a brilliant sound mixer, he was a lovely guy, always calm and smiling. He'd always take us for Chinese food," said Tokyo-based filmmaker John Williams, who first worked with Yamagata on Starfish Hotel in 2006.
"Even though he worked with big names in Japan and China, he did my last low-budget film. I was scared to ask him to do it, but it wasn't about the money for him. He was a lovely guy. I'm in shock," said Williams.
The death toll from the Nepal earthquake currently stands at 4,600.