Doug Liman to Receive Japanese Government Award for 'Edge of Tomorrow'
Doug Liman will receive an award from the Japanese government for bringing Japanese content to a worldwide audience.
The Edge of Tomorrow helmer will be presented with the 2nd Annual Japan Cool Content Contribution Award (J3C Award) for directing from the Japan External Trade Organization, the Japanese Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, the Consulate-General of Japan in Los Angeles and the Japan Film Society.
The award ceremony will be held at the Consulate-General's Hancock Park residence Sept. 13. It is scheduled to coincide with the LA EigaFest, a Japanese film festival that will be held at the Egyptian Theater Sept. 12-14.
JC3 awards in producing and acting will be announced shortly. Last year's honorees were Guillermo Del Toro, Tim Kring, John Lasseter, producer Don Murphy (Transformers), and producer Vicki Shigekuni Wong (Hachi: A Dog’s Tale).
Edge of Tomorrow was adapted from the novel All You Need is Kill by Japanese author Hiroshi Sakurazaka (who will attend the awards ceremony). The sci-fi action film opened soft in the U.S. but grew overseas for a worldwide total of $362.9 million. It stars Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt as futuristic soldiers who manipulate time to fight an alien invasion.
The JC3 awards are a component of the "Cool Japan" initiative, a campaign instituted by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to increase the globalization of Japan's creative business.