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Noted film director, 58 succumbs to liver disease

New Delhi (Mizzima) – Prominent Burmese movie director Tin Than Oo, 58, who made the controversial movie Lotus Blooming in the Dawn recently, passed away this morning at a military hospital in Rangoon.

“He died of liver disease at 2:45 a.m. today at the Mingalardon Military Hospital. We will keep his body in the mortuary at Yayway Cemetery for five days before the funeral, as some of his friends may want to see him one last time,” Tin Than Oo’s sister-in-law told Mizzima.

Tin Than Oo was a former army officer who served in the Psychological Warfare Department for 20 years before retiring from the army in 2007.

Lotus Blooming in the Dawn was produced by Burma’s Information Ministry, involving 68 movie stars portraying the roles of historic personalities during the course of modern Burmese history. The movie was severely criticised as junta propaganda.

Tin Than Oo had protested his involvement in the production, citing his poor health, but was eventually pressured into accepting the responsibility.

The movie was criticised for distorting historic events and organisations such as the Burma Communist Party, U Thant uprising and 8888 uprising.

The respected director told Mizzima in an August 3 interview that “the plot and screenplay were not of my choice. I just followed what they gave me in a manner they agreed upon.”

His wife, San San, died six months ago. They did not have any children.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. on November 9.

For the full text of Mizzima’s interview with Tin Than Oo, please visit:


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