Veteran directors pass away in Japan
Tetsuya Yamanouchi, Katsumi Nishikawa both die in AprilTOKYO – Japan has lost two veteran director-screenwriters, Tetsuya Yamanouchi and Katsumi Nishikawa, since the beginning of the month.
Yamanouchi passed away on April 2 at his home in Hiroshima after suffering heart failure at age 75. “Ninja Gari” (“Ninja Hunt”) was his first film, for Toei, in 1964, and he carried on directing until 1978`s “Tono Eijirô no Mito Kômon.”
He also performed writing duties on the four “Jirochô Sangokushi” films for Toei in the mid-60s.
Nishikawa passed on April 6 at a Tokyo hospital from pneumonia aged 91. Beginning his career as an assistant director at Shochiku in 1939, before helming his first film at Nikkatsu in 1956, “Shiawase wa doko ni” ("Where’s Happiness"), which he also wrote.
He went on writing until the mid-70s, and made his last film in 1992.