LOS ANGELES (AP) _ ``Star Wars'' director George Lucas donated $1.5 million to create a new digital studio at his alma mater, the University of Southern California School of Cinema-Television.

The facility, located in USC's new Robert Zemeckis Center for Digital Arts, will be named after late director Akira Kurosawa, known for such films as ``Ran,'' ``Rashomon'' and ``The Seven Samurai.''

``Kurosawa was one of film's true greats,'' Lucas said Wednesday. ``His ability to transform a vision into a powerful work of art is unparalleled. So it seemed appropriate to name the new digital stage after him.

``This way, we pay tribute to Kurosawa while at the same time inspiring students to break new ground the way he did.''