Japanese film director Kyodo Sai dies of bladder cancer

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Japanese film director Kyodo Sai dies of bladder cancer

TOKYO Kyodo Yoichi Sai, a film director who has been known for his realistic depictions of Koreans living in Japan in the 1993 film All Under the Moon and the 2004 film Blood and Bones, died of bladder cancer at his home in Tokyo on Sunday, his family said. Sai was born in Nagano Prefecture to an ethnic Korean father and a Japanese mother. He has been a longtime leader in the Japanese film industry, having served as president of the Directors Guild of Japan for 18 years beginning in 2004.

All Under the Moon, starring Ruby Moreno and Goro Kishitani, won a number of film awards in Japan. It revolves around an ethnic Korean taxi driver in Tokyo who falls in love with a Filipina working as a bar host.

Sai was awarded a Japan Academy Film Prize as the best director for the Blood and Bones, starring Takeshi Kitano as the main character, who moved to Japan's Osaka in the 1920s during Japan's colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula.

In January, Sai announced that he was battling bladder cancer.