“Mermaid Legend” director Toshiharu Ikeda dies at 59
Movie director Toshiharu Ikeda has passed away at the age of 59. According to authorities in Ise-Shima, Mie, it has been verified that Ikeda recently committed suicide by drowning. The exact date of his death has not been reported.
Ikeda was born on February 23, 1951. He graduated from the literature department at Waseda University in 1974, but while he was a student he started out his film career as an assistant director with management and production agency Ishihara Pro. After graduating, he joined Nikkatsu, at the same time as director Kichitaro Negishi (“Viyon no Tsuma”).