Award-winning Japanese filmmaker Shinji Aoyama dies at 57

Award-winning Japanese director Shinji Aoyama died of cervical esophageal cancer in a Tokyo hospital on Monday. He was 57 years old.

Aoyama’s film “Eureka,” which features survivors of a bus hijacking, won the International Federation of Film Critics award at the 2000 Cannes Film Festival.

His 2007 film “Sad Vacation,” a sequel to “Eureka,” premiered at the Venice International Film Festival.

In Japan, Aoyama has also made a name for himself as a writer, with his novelization of “Eureka” winning the Yukio Mishima Prize.

His recent works include the 2013 film “Tomogui” (“Backwater”), based on a novel written by Akutagawa Prize winner Shinya Tanaka, and the 2020 title “Sora ni Sumu” (“Living in the Sky”), his first full movie. feature film in seven years.

According to his management office, Aoyama was diagnosed with the disease last year. He was admitted to hospital after his condition worsened.

In line with COVID-19 guidelines, the government is urging residents and visitors to exercise caution if they choose to visit bars, restaurants, music venues and other public spaces.

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