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updated 04/21/2004 at 12:00 AM EDT

originally published 01/09/1998 12:00AM

Minoru Chiaki, 82, the last survivor of the actors who played the title characters in Akira Kurosawa's 1954 masterpiece, "The Seven Samurai," died in Tokyo. Chiaki also played major roles in the famed late director's "Hidden Fortress" and "Rashomon."

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