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Renowned Japanese film director Kinji Fukasaku, known for such works as the yakuza movie series “Jingi Naki Tatakai” (“War Without a Code”), died of prostate cancer Sunday at a Tokyo hospital, his family said. He was 72.

Fukasaku, a native of Mito, Ibaraki Prefecture, announced he had cancer last September but went on to begin the filming of “Battle Royale II.” The original “Battle Royale” of 2000 sparked controversy with its depiction of killings involving junior high school students.

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