'Silk' Actor Sei Ashina Dead At Age 36

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Japanese actor Sei Ashina, maybe finest identified to English-speaking audiences for her function within the 2007 historic drama “Silk,” was discovered useless in her Tokyo condo on Monday. She was 36.

Tokyo police informed Japanese media she died by suicide, Deadline reported. Her brother found her physique after checking on her as a result of she hadn’t returned cellphone calls, Variety wrote.

Ashina began out as a mannequin and landed an everyday function on the 2003 TV collection “Stand Up!!” in response to IMDB. She amassed greater than 60 credit and was showing on two TV exhibits as of this yr.

But Ashina’s central function within the 1860s-set silk-trade drama “Silk” could also be her most memorable exterior of Japan. She performed the a part of a warlord’s mistress who beguiles a silkworm-egg smuggler (Michael Pitt) who has left his spouse (Keira Knightley) behind in France.

The film was not a monetary success. The Francois Girard-directed interval piece had a reported price range of $20 million, however collected simply wanting $eight million on the international field workplace.

Ashina’s expertise company praised her kindness and mentioned members of the family and people who labored together with her are battling deep sorrow.

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