- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 20, 2011

TOKYO (AP) - Director Yoshimitsu Morita, whose films including the award-winning “Family Game,” depicted the absurdity and vulnerability of conformist Japan’s everyday life, has died. He was 61.

Morita, who won international acclaim over a prolific 30-year career, died Tuesday of acute liver failure at a Tokyo hospital, said Yoko Ota, spokeswoman at Toei Co., which is behind his latest work set for release next year.

Funeral arrangements were still undecided. He is survived by his wife Misao.

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