In some sad news for all film fans and filmmakers, legendary Japanese film director Seijun Suzuki has passed away at the age of 93.
In a statement from Nikkatsu film studios, Suzuki died on February 13 due to complications related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Renowned for his role in the Japanese New Wave era of film, Suzuki was best known for his entertainingly surreal and experimental body of work that spanned across five decades. Despite being blacklisted from the industry following the completion of his masterpiece "Branded to Kill", Suzuki's work has been celebrated by his peers and has inspired some of the best directors today, such as Quentin Tarantino, Baz Luhrmann, and Jim Jarmusch.
Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Seijun Suzuki.
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