TOKYO (AP) _ Akira Kurosawa, Japan's legendary film director, posthumously received a prestigious award from the government Thursday.

The People's Honor Award was presented by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to Kurosawa's eldest son, Hisao. The award is given to people in Japan who contribute to the arts, entertainment or sports.

Only 14 people have received the award since it was established 21 years ago. Kurosawa, who died Sept. 6 at age 88, is the first film director to receive the honor.

Among Kurosawa's movies are ``Rashomon'' and ``The Seven Samurai.''