Akira Kurosawa, Japan's legendary film director, has received posthumously a prestigious award from the Japanese government.

The People's Honor Award, given to people in Japan who contribute to the arts, entertainment or sports, was presented this week by Prime Minister Keizo Obuchi to Kurosawa's eldest son, Hisao.Only 14 people have received the award since it was established 21 years ago. Kurosawa, who died Sept. 6 at age 88, is the first film director to receive the honor.