News: Roger Ebert, fan of Japanese cinema, dead at the age of 70

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Famed film critic and journalist Roger Ebert succumbed to a long battle with cancer on Thursday, April 4th, 2013.

Ebert was the first film critic to receive the Pulitzer Prize for Criticism as well as the first film critic to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Anyone who gives a damn about movies knows the importance of Ebert’s work in celebrating the art of film and it is with great sadness that his fans must say goodbye to him.

Ebert was a enthusiastic fan of all types of film and Japanese cinema was no exception. 16 Japanese films appeared on his “Great Movies” list which included Kurosawa’s samurai epic “Yojimbo,” Miyazaki’s animated “My Neighbor Tototro,” and the 2009 Academy Award winner for best foreign language film, “Departures.”

Roger Ebert is survived by his wife Chaz Ebert and countless fans of his work.