Japanese director Kurosawa dies
1998 - Akira Kurosawa, whose hauntingly poetic vision, innovative style and stunning technical virtuosity made him Japan’s most celebrated film director, died at his home. He was 88. Kurosawa died of a stroke before he could be taken to a hospital. Some of his films are The Seven Samurai, Rashomon, Yojimbo and Kagemusha. Standing nearly 6 feet tall, rarely seen without his trademark sunglasses and beret, Kurosawa cut an imposing figure, with an imperious perfectionism that earned him the nickname ‘Emperor Kurosawa.’ He once tried to kill himself after a film flopped. Japanese studios shunned him for decades. But at the height of his powers, he was the uncontested master.
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