Actor Natsuyagi Isao passes away
It was another big loss for the movie industry, when it was announced that actor Natsuyagi Isao (73) has passed away at his home in the early afternoon of May 11th.
Natsuyagi was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last fall and has been coming and going to the hospital in between his acting jobs. He had played supporting roles in countless dramas and movies, including 'Hakuchu no Shikaku' and 'Eleven Samurai'. His most recent drama was 'Going My Home' (Fuji TV). There are still a couple of movies such as 'Shusen no Emperor' that have yet to be released, but will hit theatres in the near future.
Director Sono Sion also gave him a starring role in his recent movie 'Kibou no Kuni', for which Natsuyagi received multiple 'Best Starring Actor' awards and the 'Minister of Education Award for Fine Arts'.
Sono commented on his death, "He told me, 'Let's work together for your next movie again'. He has gone too soon. Way too soon. There was no one better when it came to playing a real man. No one will ever be this good."
Natsuyagi's friend and fellow actor from the same generation, Matsukata Hiroki commented, "Chii (Takeo) has died. Now Natsuyagi has died away as well. It pains me and makes me feel lonely that the people from my generation keep on passing away. A lot of memories from our youth when we have been hanging out together come to my mind. All I can do now is praying for their happiness in the next world."
His funeral service will be held in private with his family members only.
Source: Sanspo, Mantan-Web
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