Nagisa Oshima, the second most well-known director in Japan has passed away after years of health struggles due to a heart attack in 1996. He was at a hospital near Fujisawa, south of Tokyo and aged 80. His death was caused by pneumonia according to a statement released by his office to the Japanese news media.
‘My father died calmly,’ Oshima’s younger son Arata told AFP. ‘He
was with members of his family, wife Akiko and elder son Takeshi. I
wasn’t there. My father had been in hospital since late last year and
died of pneumonia.’