kinji fukasaku r.i.p.
Kinji Fukasaku, the veteran Japanese director of dozens of films, including Legend of the Eight Samurai and the controversial flick Battle Royale, has died of cancer at 72. Fukusaku was helming a sequel to Battle Royale, to be completed by his son. Aint-It-Cool-News has this appreciation. And here's a profile of and interview with the late director that covers Battle Royale.
(via Destroy All Monsters; photo courtesy CinemAsie.com)