Amamoto Hideyo

Aaron Gerow gerow at
Mon Mar 24 00:53:17 EST 2003

I don't think I need to announce that Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi won 
the Academy Award for best animated film, but I should tell everyone that 
the great character actor, Amamoto Hideyo, died on the 23rd of pneumonia. 
He was 77.

Amamoto debuted at Toho in the late 1950s and developed a niche playing 
villians and oddball gangsters. Okamoto Kihachi particularly used his 
talents well in many films, especially in bizarre masterpieces like 
Satsujinkyo jidai. In addition to appearing in nearly 100 films, he also 
established himself on TV, playing Dr. Death on the Kamen Rider TV 
series, and appearing as a regular on Takeshi's Heisei kyoiku iinkai.

Aaron Gerow
Yokohama National University
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