Sayonara Kon Ichikawa

Written by Joe D on February 18th, 2008

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Kon Ichikawa is dead at age 92. He made some great films , The Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain, Tokyo Olympiad, Odd Obsession. He got interested in filmmaking by watching The Silly Symphonies of Walt Disney. These animated films had a worldwide influence and I’ve heard them mentioned by many filmmakers as being inspirational. Ichikawa’s first feature A Girl At Dojo Temple was made using puppets due to a lack of men during WWII. Sort of like that film about Karen Carpenter a few years ago. Fare Thee Well Ichikawa-San.

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2 Comments so far ↓

  1. Feb
    18
    2:01
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    FilmWalrus

    I just bought a copy of “An Actor’s Revenge” a couple months ago and was thinking what a brilliant director he was. I’m sorry to hear of his passing.

  2. Feb
    18
    7:16
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    admin

    I worked on a series of films about the Olympics a long time ago and we used Tokyo Olympiad for shots from that year-(1964), great filmmaking, beautiful stuff.

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