TOKYO (Kyodo) — Writer and critic Donald Richie, who helped introduce Japanese movies to the United States and Europe, died Tuesday at a Tokyo hospital, a friend of his said. He was 88.
Richie, from Lima, Ohio, came to Japan in 1946 with the U.S. occupation forces after Japan’s defeat in World War II, and later introduced Japanese movies including those directed by Yasujiro Ozu and Kenji Mizoguchi in newspapers.
He wrote books on Japanese filmmakers, including Akira Kurosawa.
He was a contributor to The Japan Times for more than 50 years, covering film, theater and literature.