“The Man who Lives for the Art of Dying”

Japan Times profiled Seizo Fukumoto, an actor who specialized in ugly deaths in period samurai movies. “As a young actor, one of Fukumoto’s own role models was not a martial artist at all but Charlie Chaplin….’I thought the way he fell was great. He went down with a bang!’ says Fukumoto, slapping the table to illustrate. ‘Falling in action scenes was a matter of course for me, but seeing Chaplin, the king of comedy, falling with a bang like that really moved me. I thought I had to give it my all, the way he did.'”

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