Azumi Actor Yoshio Harada Passes Away at 71
posted on by Andrew Osmond
The actor Yoshio Harada passed away from pneumonia on Tuesday, July 19 in Tokyo. He was 71. In the 2003 live-action film of Azumi, he played the character of Gessai. He also had roles in the live-action manga adaptations of Say Hello to Black Jack, Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance, Oishinbo, and Dororo.
On screen, Harada was known for his appearances in television dramas such as the historical Juichibanme no Shishi in 1968 and Koukousei Restaurant, which ended this month in Japan. He also appeared in films such as Hangyaku no Melody, Ryouma Ansatsu, Zigeunerweisen, and Utsukushii Natsu Kirishima. His final film was Oshika-mura Sōdōki which opened on Saturday, three days before his death.