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'The Unbroken' Tops Japanese Academy Awards

Ken Watanabe, Tomokazu Miura in The Unbroken Setsuro Wakamatsu's drama The Unbroken was voted the best Japanese film of 2009 at the Japanese Academy Awards ceremony, which was held in Tokyo on March 5. In the controversial drama, best actor winner Ken Watanabe plays an airline union leader fighting for stricter safety regulations following an air crash that left hundreds dead. Corporate corruption, however, gets in the way. The Unbroken was clearly inspired by the Japan Airlines flight 123 crash in 1985, the worst in Japan's aviation history. Veteran cinematographer Daisaku Kimura (Tidal Wave, The Beast Shall Die) was voted best director for his directorial debut, The Summit: A Chronicle of Stones, which earned Teruyuki Kagawa the best supporting actor […]


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'The Unbroken' Tops Japanese Academy Awards



Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Japanese Academy Award Nominations & Manila Winners

Zhang Yimou on the set of A Woman, a Gun and a Noodle Shop a.k.a. A Simple Noodle Story. Zhang, best known for his lush collaborations with Gong Li (Raise the Red Lantern, Shanghai Triad, Curse of the Golden Flower), has been announced as the recipient of the Asian Film Awards' Lifetime Achievement honor, to be handed to the filmmaker at the Hong Kong Film Festival in March. Zhang Yimou to receive Asian Film Awards' Lifetime Achievement honor In other Asian cinema-related news, Zhang Yimou – whose Ju Dou (1990), Raise the Red Lantern (1991), and Hero (2002) were shortlisted for the Best Foreign Language Film Academy Award – will be the recipient of the 2010 Asian Film Awards' Lifetime […]


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Zhang Yimou & John Woo Honorary Awards + Japanese Academy Award Nominations & Manila Winners



Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners

Henrik Ruben Genz's Terribly Happy, about a Copenhagen cop (Jakob Cedergren) transferred to a Danish village where locals have their own ideas about right and wrong, was the big winner at the Danish Film Critics Association's 2009 Bodil Awards. In addition to its best film win, Terribly Happy also received trophies for best actor (Cedergren), best actress (Lene Maria Christensen), and best supporting actor (Kim Bodnia), plus a couple of (shared) special awards. Honorary Bodil winner Jorgen Leth, 72, was unable to attend the ceremony because he was in Haiti filming The Erotic Man. Instead, a pre-recorded speech was played featuring Leth at a Haitian cemetery, with three young black women singing a voodoo hymn in the background. Among the […]


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Danish Film Critics & Japanese Academy Award Winners