aaron.gerow at yale.edu
Fri Feb 5 20:49:26 EST 2010
The Asahi reports this morning that the film critic Togawa Naoki
passed away on Feb. 5th from a burst aneurism. He was 92 years old.
Togawa was one of the few critics active from the 1930s who was still
alive. He began writing in Eiga hyoron when he was still a student at
Tokyo University. He was particularly active on the international
level, serving on juries at film festivals such as Cannes and Berlin
and writing the Japan entry in the International Film Guide for many
years. He also was head of the selection committee for the Mainichi
Concours for a long time. He began teaching at the Faculty of Arts at
Nihon University in the 1950s, eventually rising to becoming dean. He
also taught at other universities such as Waseda, served on many
government panels, and received the Kawakita Award in 1995. He
received an Order of the Sacred Treasure in 1988.
I met him many times, especially since we were both on the board of
directors at the Japan Society of Image Arts and Sciences, and he was
always the gentleman. Gomeifuku o oinori shimasu.
Film Studies Program/East Asian Languages and Literatures
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e-mail: aaron.gerow at yale.edu
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