Japanese Director Kiyoshi Kurosawa 'Very Surprised' About Two Wins at Rome Film Fest

3:40 AM PST 11/18/2013 by Gavin J. Blair
"Seventh Code"

Thriller "Seventh Code," his first film shot outside Japan, took awards for best director and best technical contribution at the 8th edition of the Rome festival.

TOKYO – Kiyoshi Kurosawa, director of Seventh Code, says he was "very surprised" to win the best director and technical contribution awards at the Rome Film Festival on Sunday.

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"I was satisfied just to have this film selected for Rome International Film Festival, so I was very surprised to hear it would get an award. Among so many superb productions, I’m honored it was chosen,” said Kurosawa.
 
Seventh Code was in the 18-film main competition section, along with compatriot Takashi Miike's The Mole Song.
 
Shot in Vladivostok, Russia, the thriller stars former pop idol Atsuko Maeda as a young woman who goes abroad in search of an ex-lover, played by Ryuhei Suzuki, and finds herself in the hands of local mobsters.

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Koichi Takahashi, a regular collaborator with Kurosawa, was given the Best Technical Contribution for his editing work on the film.

 

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