by Chris MaGee
It was just last week. that we reported on the return of director Yojiro Takita. We'd been wondering where the 55-year-old director of "Departures" had been since his 2009 win for Best Foreign Language Film. With his upcoming historical drama "Tenchi meisatsu (Insight into the Universe)" it looks like Takita will be back in the headlines, but it seems that his absence from the spotlight of late hasn't dimmed his appeal with the folks at the Oscars.
According to a report posted at Tokyograph Takita was amongst the 178 motion picture professionals who have been asked by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to become a member. This would see Takita joining fellow countryman Ken Watanabe in the 6,000 strong membership who vote annually on the best in cinema for the Academy Awards. Takita is amongst some very interesting company with "Shortbus" director John Cameron Mitchell, comedian/ actor Russell Brand, "The Triplets of Belleville" animator Sylvain Chomet, and Nova Scota's own Ellen Page all joining the Academy this year.