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Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Matthew Chmiel, Jan 11, 2003.
This really sucks. A sad day for Japanese film lovers. He will be missed. I just hope he completed the majority of BATTLE ROYALE 2 (and that it's as good or better than the first movie).
Kenta, his son, took over the sequel when Kenji was put into the hospital a few weeks ago and the film is still a go for the summer 2003 release date.
This is truly a sad day! BATTLE ROYALE is a favorite of mine, and he was obviously an extremely talented director. May he rest in peace, and I'm sure BATTLE ROYALE 2 will be wonderful.
Terrible news. Having only seen a fraction of his films (and count me in as another big "Battle Royale" fan), I could still clearly see the man's talent. A great loss.
Another Royale fan here--it didn't occur to me that he directed the magnificent Tora! Tora! Tora! as well until I looked him up in the IMDb.
So far, the above-mentioned films are the only ones that are readily available to R1 audiences. Here's to hoping some company will start distributing his other works and treat them with the proper respect.
I would hardly call Battle Royale "readily available", though people who know where to look can find a Region 0 copy, fortunately.