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It has been nearly 10 years since anime director Satoshi Kon died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 46.

Despite the relatively young age at which he died in August 2010, Kon is one of the most-lauded creators of Japanese animation, a director who is often mentioned in the same breath as Hayao Miyazaki and Katsuhiro Otomo. His influence extends beyond Japan: His films have been cited as inspiration for Hollywood hits such as “Black Swan” and “Inception.”

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