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Yoichi Sai, A Renowned Director from “All Under the Moon” and “Blood and Bones” Died

Yoichi Sai, a renowned director from the 1993 film “All Under the Moon” and the 2004 film “Blood and Bones,” died of bladder cancer at his home in Tokyo on Sunday, his family said. He was 73.

He was born in Nagano prefecture in 1943, between his Zainichi(South Korean residing in Japan)father and a half(Korean and Japanese) mother. In 1968, after dropping out of the Tokyo College of Photography, he entered the film industry as a lighting assistant. After working as a prop, he soon moved to the production department, working with director Nagisa Oshima in “In the Realm of the Senses” in 1978. (1978), and also served as the chief assistant director for Toru Murakawa’s film, “Motto Kiken na yogi” in 1978.

Then, he garnered the series of accolades in “All Under the Moon,” starring Goro Kishitani and Ruby Moreno, it revolves around an ethnic Korean taxi driver in Tokyo who falls in love with a Filipina working as a bar hostess.

“It was director Sai who taught me how interesting and wonderful a movie can be,” said Kishitani. “I loved the energetic, wild, and sensitive nature of the unique filming experience that could only be made possible by Mr. Sai and his team. I would have liked to see him shoot more works. It’s a pity.”

Sai also won the Japan Academy Award as best director for “Blood and Bones,” which featured Japanese entertainment icon Takeshi Kitano as the main character, a Korean man of violent nature who moved to Japan’s Osaka in the 1920s during the country’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

“I’m heartbroken,” said Kitano, also a film director and comedian known by his stage name Beat Takeshi. “My film friends of the same generation have died one after another.”

 Sai was a longtime leader in the Japanese film industry, having served as president of the Directors Guild of Japan for 18 years beginning in 2004.

Nobuhiro Hosoki
Nobuhiro Hosokihttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Nobuhiro Hosoki grew up watching American films since he was a kid; he decided to go to the United States thanks to seeing the artistry of Stanley Kubrick's "A Clockwork Orange.” After graduating from film school, he worked as an assistant director on TV Tokyo’s program called "Morning Satellite" at the New York branch office but he didn’t give up on his interest in cinema. He became a film reporter for via Yahoo Japan News. In that role, he writes news articles, picks out headliners for Yahoo News, as well as interviewing Hollywood film directors, actors, and producers working in the domestic circuit in the USA. He also does production interviews for Japanese distributors of American films and for in-theater on-sale programs. He is now the editor-in-chief of Cinemadailyus.com while continuing his work for Japan.


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