Akutagawa, Ryunosuke

Akutagawa, Ryunosuke

(ryo͝onô`so͝okĕ' äko͞o`tä`gä`wä), pseud. of

Chōkōdō Shujin

(chōkō`dō sho͞o`jĭn), 1892–1927, Japanese author. One of Japan's finest short-story writers, he derived many of his tales from historical Japanese sources, but told them with psychological insights in an individualistic style. "Rashomon"(1915) and "In a Grove" (1921) were made into the classic 1950 film Rashomon, directed by Akira KurosawaKurosawa, Akira
, 1910–98, Japanese film director, scriptwriter, and producer, b. Tokyo. He is regarded as one of the world's greatest directors. In Rashomon (1950), he introduced Western audiences to Japanese film.
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. His later writings, largely autobiographical fiction, were not successful, and this lack of popular response may have contributed to his suicide.