Actor Mikuni Rentaro passes away at the age of 90
Famed Japanese actor Mikuni Rentaro passed away due to an acute heart failure at a hospital in the morning of April 14th. He was 90 years old.
Mikuni has appeared in over 150 films and won three Japanese Academy Awards for Best Actor in his career. His last film was last year's 'Waga Haha no Ki' directed by Harada Masato.
Actor Sato Koichi, Mikuni's oldest son, took some time after the press conference of his upcoming drama on the 15th to answer a few questions related to his father's death.
He expressed with his head bowed, "I wasn't present when he passed away." He continued, "I don't think that I felt sadness when I saw the face of my dead father. These past years he looked the most dignified in his life. He still had this dignity in his face after passing away. It was strangely moving to see, but it didn't bring tears to my eyes."
Mikuni had been hospitalized for almost a whole year before his death. "He was 90 years old, so I already resigned myself to receive this notification at some time or another. I was told that he passed away without suffering much," said Sato Koichi.
"My father once told me that he doesn't want his death to be announced at all. He wants a secret burial, doesn't need a kaimyo (posthumous Buddhist name) and would like for his bones to be scattered. He just wanted to be the actor Mikuni until the end, since he dedicated his whole life being him."
Source: eiga.com (1,2)
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