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The Akizuki clan crest (mon)
|Current head||Akizuki Tanetaka (秋月種高)|
The Akizuki clan (秋月氏 Akizuki-shi) is a Japanese noble family. In the Sengoku period, the Akizuki clan was led by a samurai lord (大名 daimyō) in the Akizuki domain on the island of Kyūshū. From the Meiji period to the end of World War II, the Akizuki family was a contemporary noble (華族 "Kazoku"). After World War II, the land controlled by the Akizuki family became Akizuki prefecture. Later, Akizuki prefecture was re-organized as Fukuoka Prefecture (福岡県 Fukuoka-ken).
The movie director Akira Kurosawa directed a movie about the Akizuki clan, called The Hidden Fortress (隠し砦の三悪人 Kakushi-toride-no-san-akunin), in 1958. The movie was remade in 2008 by director Shinji Higuchi.
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