Japanese director Jun Ichikawa tragically died over the weekend at the age of 59. He reportedly collapsed over a meal and was never revived. Ichikawa's only film that got US distribution was Tony Takitani which played at The Parkway a few years back and is available on DVD. Tony Takitani is an understated film of melancholia adapted from a short story of the same name by Haruki Murakami.
His death comes at a time when he seemed to finally be getting his directorial legs, breaking away from director for hire projects punctuated by his current independent film, buy a suit, that was slated to premier at the Tokyo International Film Festival in October.