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Film Director Kurosawa Is Cremated

September 8, 1998

TOKYO (AP) _ Japanese film director Akira Kurosawa was honored today by close friends and family members at a private funeral service two days after his death at age 88.

Dozens of fans crowded outside the Kurosawa home in a residential neighborhood of Tokyo to bid farewell as the filmmaker’s unpainted wooden casket was lowered into a hearse.

About 100 people, including many from Japan’s film industry, were invited to today’s nondenominational service before Kurosawa’s body was cremated.

The director was dressed in his trademark black jacket, sunglasses and cap, according to local media reports.

Kurosawa, who won a trio of Oscars for films such as ``Rashomon,″ died of a stroke Sunday. His 30-film body of work put Japanese cinema on the international stage and word of his death inspired tributes from around the world.

A memorial service open to the public will be held Sunday at Kurosawa’s studio in Yokohama outside Tokyo, Kyodo News reported.

Kurosawa’s wife of 35 years, actress Yoko Yaguchi, died in 1985. They are survived by their son, Hisao, and daughter, Kazuko.

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