Akira Kurosawa dead; 88 years old
Tuesday, September 8, 1998
News & Info,
, 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.