Japanese playwright HISASHI INOUE has lost his battle with lung cancer at the age of 75.
Inoue passed away on Sunday (11Apr10), his family has confirmed.
His most prominent works include Tegusari Shinju (Handcuffed Double Suicide) and Chichi to Kuraseba (The Face of Jizo), which was adapted for the big screen in 2004.
He also provided the lyrics to the theme of beloved Japanese TV series Himitsu no Akko-chan (Akko's Secret).
The movie begins filming in the UK.