by Chris MaGee
Sad news today - actor Tatsuo Yamada has lost his battle with stomach cancer at the age of 53. Apparently the cancer was originally detected back in 2005 at which time doctors were forced to remove a part of Yamada's stomach, but recently the cancer had spread and could not be treated.
If you're a fan of Sogo Ishii's 1980 film "Crazy Thunder Road" then you'll remember Yamada. He made his acting debut in the lead role of Hitoshi in the cult classic biker film and wnet on to star in over 30 films including Rokuro Mochizuki's "Another Lonely Hitman", Akira Ogata's "The Milkwoman" and most recently in a small supporting role in Yojiro Takita's Oscar-winning "Departures".
Our deepest condolences to Yamada-san's family and friends. Thanks to Japan Zone for the details on this.