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Akira Kurosawa dead; 88 years old

posted on 1998-09-08 00:00 EDT
Legendary Director Akira Kurosawa Dies at 88

Akira Kurosawa, Academy Award-winner and celebrated director of such classics as "Ran," "Seven Samurai," and "Rashoman" died in Tokyo on Sunday from a stroke. Kurosawa also directed "Yojimbo", which was Sergio Leone's inspiration for "Fistful of Dollars," as well as "Hidden Fortress," which was George Lucas' inspiration for Star Wars. Kurosawa's loss is regarded as a huge loss for the international motion picture industry.

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