Sunday, May 3, 2009

Musician/ Actor Kiyoshiro Imawano, 1951-2009

by Chris MaGee

This is very sad news. Rock musician and actor Kiyoshiro Imawano passed away on Saturday after a three year battle with cancer of the larynx. He was 58-years-old.

Iwamoto began his craeer as part of the Japanese rock band RC Succession in 1970. Releasing almost an album a year during the band's 20 year history frontman Imawano earned the title of "King of Rock". After the band went on an indefinite hiatus in 1991 Imawano not only went on to a successful solo career, but also branched out into acting, starring in roles in such films as Takashi Miike's "Happiness of the Katakuri's", Matsuo Suzuki's "Otakus in Love", Hiroshi Shimizu's "Chicken Heart" and Ryo Iwamatsu's "Then Summer Came".

Our deepest condolences go out to Imawano's family and friends. In his honour here is his full on punk rock version of the the Kimigayo, the Japanese national anthem. Thanks to Tokyograph for this news.

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