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Setsuko Hara dies at 95; 'Tokyo Story' star worked with Ozu, Kurosawa

Setsuko Hara dies at 95; 'Tokyo Story' star worked with Ozu, Kurosawa

Setsuko Hara, a Japanese actress who achieved international stardom and critical acclaim after World War II through her collaborations with directors such as Akira Kurosawa and Yasujiro Ozu, only to vanish, Garbo-like, from public life more than half a century ago, died Sept. 5 in Kanagawa Prefecture. She was 95.

She had pneumonia, according to Japanese media. The months-long delay in reporting her death reflected the anonymity that the actress had obsessively cultivated after starring in more than 75 movies, including such esteemed works as Ozu's "Tokyo Story" (1953). Film critic Roger Ebert called that bittersweet drama of generational conflict "one of the...

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