Director Sion Sono Hospitalized Due to Heart Attack, is in Recovery (Updated)

posted on by Karen Ressler
Love Exposure, Himizu director brought in via emergency transport

Filmmaker Sion Sono (57) was hospitalized on Thursday afternoon due to what is suspected to have been a heart attack. He was brought from his home in Shinjuku to the hospital via emergency medical transport.

Sono made his debut as a director in 1985, and is known for films such as Love Exposure and The Whispering Star. He has directed a number of live-action films based on manga, including Suicide Club, Tokyo Tribe, Shinjuku Swan, All Esper Dayo!, and the award-winning Himizu film. Sono was one of several Japanese creators invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences last year.

Sources: Abema Times, NTV News 24, livedoor via Patrick Macias

Update: Sion's agency reported that Sion was diagnosed with a heart attack and underwent surgery. He is now in recovery. Source: Sanspo

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