Veteran Japanese actor Ken Takakura has died of lymphoma aged 83.
The actor passed away at a Tokyo hospital on 10 November, his office said on Tuesday.
Known as the “Clint Eastwood” of Japan, Takakura was renowned for his brooding style and stoic roles in several Japanese yakuza and action movies.
He also starred as a tough Japanese police officer alongside US actor Michael Douglas in the 1989 Ridley Scott film “Black Rain”.
Among his well-known films were “The Yellow Handkerchief” and “Poppoya” (The Railway Man), for which he won the best actor prize at the Montreal World Film Festival.
Takakura also went on to play a lead role in Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s 2005 film “Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles”.
In Japan, national broadcaster NHK opened its news programme at noon with the news of Takakura’s death. The Asahi Shimbun, a major daily, tweeted condolences and called him “one of Japan’s greatest actors”.
Online, there was an outpouring of grief as fans took to social media to pay tribute to “Ken-san”.
Japanese actor Takafumi Sasano said on Twitter that his dream of acting with Takakura would now “never come true”.
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Source:: BBC Entertainment