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The late filmmaker Akira Kurosawa and three of his collaborators were honored by the Writers Guild of America, West at a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sunday for their contributions to screenwriting.

Kurosawa, Ryuzo Kikushima, Hideo Oguni, all deceased, and Shinobu Hashimoto were honored with the 2013 Jean Renoir Award for Screenwriting Achievement for “writing many, many masterpieces, films that reflect the Japanese culture,” the organization’s vice president, Howard Rodman, said in a statement.

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