4 February 1928|
Gifu, Gifu Prefecture Japan
24 April 2012 (aged 84)|
Minato, Tokyo, Japan
|Occupation||Director, Screenwriter, Producer|
Yugo Sako, born in Gifu, Japan on Feruary 4, 1928, lost his parents in his very early childhood, and seemingly predestined to enter the Buddhist priesthood. He was than deeply steeped in the Indian philosophy and ideas as well as in the Zen culture.He had worked with the NHK, Nippon Hoso Kyokai (Japanese Broadcasting Corporation) for over ten years, than became a freelance creator working on television programs, magazines and music. After his first visit to India in 1970, he has become more fascinated with her and paid her more than 40 visits, producing many documentary films on India. It was a major turning point that he met Dr. B.B. Lal in 1983, who was a noted archaeologist called the reincarnation of Schliemann in India. Yugo Sako was than producing a television documentary- for the Japanese alone with the permission of the government of India- on Dr. Lal’s excavation of "Ramayana Relics" in Shringabelapur near Allahabad in Utter Pradesh in northern India. Indian Express, one of the leading national dailies, in its edition of April 25, 1983 carried an article on Sako’s work. Soon thereafter, a protest letter based on the misunderstanding from the late Mr. Har Mohan Lall, the secretary general of the Vishva Hindu Parishad, an International Hindu organization, was received by the Japanese Embassy in Delhi, which said that no foreigners could arbitrarily cinematize Ramayana because it was the great national heritage of India.After Mr. Lall’s misunderstanding was cleared, however, Sako proposed that Ramayana be made into an animation film for all the people of the earth. Mr. Lall agreed on his idea. Accordingly, the preparations began in the mid-'80s for making Ramayana in animation, the first attempt of its kind. With lots of difficulties to be surmounted, the film, The Legend of Ramayana, took over a decade to complete. Yugo Sako died on 24 April 2012 at the age of 84 due to aspiration pneumonia in Minato, Tokyo. At the time of his death, he was working on the story of Lord Krishna, the Celestial Cowherd.
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