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Veteran filmmaker Katsumi Nishikawa dies of pneumonia

Veteran filmmaker Katsumi Nishikawa died of pneumonia on Tuesday morning at a Tokyo hospital. He was 91 years old.

Nishikawa started his career as an assistant director for Shochiku in 1939. Fifteen years later, in 1954, he moved to Nikkatsu, where he directed films such as “Wakai Hito” (starring Yujiro Ishihara) and several Sayuri Yoshinaga vehicles like “Izu no Odoriko” and “Aoi Sanmyaku.” During the 1970s, his major works included “Shiosai” and “Shunkinsho,” which both starred the “golden couple” of Momoe Yamaguchi and Tomokazu Miura. His last film was “Ippai no Kakesoba” in 1992.