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Japanese filmmaker Nobuhiko Obayashi dies at 82

Coming-of-age movies set in director's hometown were popular hits

Nobuhiko Obayashi, seen here in a 1996 photo, earned global recognition for his work including at the Berlin International Film Festival.   © Kyodo

TOKYO (Kyodo) -- Japanese film director Nobuhiko Obayashi, who produced a series of hit movies in the 1980s featuring youths in his native city of Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, died of lung cancer Friday, his film company said. He was 82.

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