Legendary Art Director, Kimihiko Nakamura, Passes Away At 94

Now, in much sadder news, legendary art director Kimihiko Nakamura, whose work can be seen in films like Twenty-Four Eyes, and films like The Insect Woman, Pigs and Battleships and Intentions of Murder (with the latter three being able to be found in the Pigs, Pimps, and Prostitutes collection), has passed away at the age of 94. He passed away on Tuesday of last week from renal failure.

While I’m not massively familiar with his work, I have seen The Insect Woman, and I must say, his work is impeccable, and visually stunning. He helped craft major films within the world that was the Japanese New Wave, particularly with director Shohei Imamura, and is a truly legendary figure within the world of Japanese film.

This is truly a sad bit of news, but since he hasn’t been too busy prior to this, this is definitely a time to remember both how influential this artists work was on an entire film landscape, as well as how much his work is still up to today’s standards. Hopefully this will shine a light on both the artist’s specific work, and more so the massive amount of great films people have seemed to look over in what was known as the Japanese New Wave.

Source: J-Film Pow Wow

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  • Twenty-Four Eyes is one of the easier to overlook titles among the past few years of Criterion releases but it's a worthy film, especially for anyone interested in understanding the pacifistic leanings of post-WWII Japan. Here's a link to my review at the Criterion Reflections blog: http://criterionreflections.blogspot.com/2010/0

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