Japanese director Shinji Aoyama dies at 57

Society Culture

Tokyo, March 26 (Jiji Press) — Award-winning Japanese director Shinji Aoyama died Monday of cervical esophageal cancer in a Tokyo hospital. He was 57 years old.

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

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

In Japan, Aoyama has also gained attention 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 by Akutagawa Prize winner Shinya Tanaka, and the 2020 title Sora ni Sumu (Living in Your Sky), his first feature film in seven years.

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Marie A. Evans