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Yoshimitsu Morita, who died last December at 61, would seem to be a classic example of a brilliant young independent filmmaker who ends up as a mainstream journeyman, a career path all too common in Japanese films.

After winning international praise for “Kazoku Gemu (The Family Game),” a 1983 black comedy about a cynical home tutor’s takeover of a dysfunctional family, Morita was hailed as the fresh, new voice of Japanese cinema.

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