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日本でトップクラスの演技賞を数々受賞した名優の高倉健さんが、11月10日に東京の病院でリンパ腫のため亡くなったと、関係筋が11月18日に発表した。83歳だった。高倉さんは、日本で最高の文化賞を与えられ、彼をスターダムに押し上げた1977年の「幸福の黄色いハンカチ」や1999年の「鉄道員(ぽっぽや)」を含め、数々の映画に主演した。高倉さんはおそらく、欧米の視聴者からはリドリー・スコット監督の1989年の映画「ブラック・レイン」で強い日本人警察官役を演じたことで最もよく知られているだろう。高倉さん(本名小田剛一さん)は福岡県出身で、1956年に映画「電光空手打ち」で主演デビューした。葬儀は近親者のみで行われたという。 (Nov. 19)

Words and phrases

日本 (Nihon) Japan; 演技賞 (engishō) acting awards; 数々 (kazukazu) multiple; 受賞した (jushō-) received; 名優 (meiyū) renowned actor; 高倉健 (Takakura Ken) Ken Takakura; 東京 (Tōkyō) Tokyo; 病院 (byōin) hospital; リンパ腫 (rinpashu) lymphoma; 亡くなった (na-) died; 関係筋 (kankeisuji) sources close to; 発表した (happyō-) announced; 歳 (sai) years old; 最高の (saikō-) highest; 文化賞 (bunkashō) cultural award; 与えられ (ata-) recognized with; 押し上げた (o-a-) triggered rise; 幸福の (shiawase-) happy; 黄色い (kiiro-) yellow; 鉄道員 (tetsudōin) railroad man; 含め (fuku-) including; 映画 (eiga) movies; 主演した (shuen-) starred in; 欧米の (Oubei-) Western; 視聴者 (shichōsha) audiences; 監督 (kantoku) director; 強い (tsuyo-) tough; 日本人 (Nihonjin) Japanese; 警察官 (keisatsukan) police officer; 役 (yaku) role; 演じた (en-) played; 最も良く知られて (motto-yo-shi-) best known; 本名 (honmyō) real name; 小田剛一 (Oda Gōichi) Goichi Oda; 福岡県 (Fukuoka-ken) Fukuoka Prefecture; 出身 (shusshin) born in; 電光 (denkō) lightning; 空手 (karate) karate; 打ち (u-) blow; 葬儀 (sōgi) funeral; 近親者 (kinshinsha) close family members

Sample radio or television report

Nihon-de toppu kurasu-no engishō-wo kazukazu jushō-shita meiyū-no Takakura Ken-san-ga, 11-gatsu tōka-ni Tōkyō-no byōin-de rinpashu-no-tame nakunatta-to kankeisuji-ga 11-gatsu 18-nichi ni happyō-shimashita. Hachijū-sansai deshita. Takakura-san-wa, Nihon-de saikō-no bunkashō-wo ataerare, kare-wo stādamu-ni oshiageta 1977-nen-no “Shiawase-no Kiiroi Hankachi”-ya, 1999-nen-no “Poppoya”-wo fukume, kazukazu-no eiga-ni shuen-shimashita. Takakura-san wa osoraku, Oubei-no shichōsha-kara-wa Ridorī Sukotto kantoku-no 1989-nen-no eiga “Burakku Rein”-de tsuyoi Nihonjin-no keisatsukan yaku-wo enjitakotode mottomo yoku shirareteimasu. Takakura-san, (honmyō Oda Gōichi-san)-wa Fukuoka-ken shusshin-de, 1956-nen-ni eiga “Denkō Karate Uchi”-de shuen debyū-shimashita. Sōgi-wa kinshinsha nomi-de okonawareta-sō-desu.

Translation

Renowned actor Ken Takakura, a multiple recipient of Japan’s top acting award, died on Nov. 10 of lymphoma at a Tokyo hospital, sources close to him said Nov. 18. He was 83. Takakura, recognized with the country’s highest cultural award, starred in a number of movies including the 1977 film “Shiawase no Kiiroi Hankachi” (“The Yellow Handkerchief”), which triggered his rise to stardom, and the 1999 movie “Poppoya” (“Railroad Man”). He is perhaps best known to Western audiences for his role as a tough Japanese police officer alongside Michael Douglas in Ridley Scott’s 1989 film “Black Rain.” Born in Fukuoka Prefecture, Takakura, whose real name was Goichi Oda, made his film debut in 1956 with “Denko Karate Uchi” (lightning karate blow). His funeral was held by close family members.

A conversation between acquaintances

A: Haiyū-no Takakura Ken-san-ga nakunatta sō-desu-ne. (Apparently, actor Ken Takakura died.)

B: Rinpashu-datta-sō-desu-yo. (I heard he died of lymphoma.)

A conversation between a husband and wife

H: Chikagoro meyū-ga tsugitsugi-to nakunatte zannen-desu-ne. (I feel sorry that many great actors have died one after another recently.)

W: Sugawara Bunta-san-mo itte-shimatta-wa-ne. (Bunta Sugawara also passed away, didn’t he?)

(No. 1234)

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