Written by David Morgan
On a somber note, legendary Japanese director Kon Ichikawa died of pneumonia on February 13th at age 92. Director of such classics as The Burmese Harp, Fires on the Plain, and The Tokyo Olympiad, Ichikawa was also the last surviving member of the so-called "Four Knights." The other Knights were contemporary Japanese filmmakers Akira Kurosawa, Keisuke Kinoshita, and Masaki Kobayashi. The quartet attempted to make a film based on the Shugoro Yamamoto's story, though they never succeeded. In fact, it was not until the other three had died that Ichikawa finally made such a film and called it Dora Heita in 2000.