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Japan’s Ken Shimura Infected by Coronavirus, ‘God of Cinema’ Filming Halted

27 March 2020

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Japan’s Ken Shimura Infected by Coronavirus, ‘God of Cinema’ Filming Halted

Veteran Japanese comedian Ken Shimura, who was hospitalized for pneumonia on Monday, tested positive for the novel coronavirus, his agency Izawa Office announced. His condition is not currently critical.

Shimura is the first prominent entertainment world figure in Japan to test positive for the virus. He was set to star in the new Yoji Yamada film God of Cinema that Shochiku is producing to mark its 100th anniversary as a film studio. The shoot, originally scheduled to start late this month, has now been postponed indefinitely. Television programs featuring the 70-year-old Shimura, who has been a fixture on the small screen for decades, have also been affected.

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Image credit: Ken Shimura on Facebook

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