Fantasia fest fetes Japan's 'Sawako Decides'

Yuya Ishii's Japanese chick flick named best feature

TORONTO -- Yuya Ishii's Japanese chick flick "Sawako Decides" picked up the best feature prize at Montreal's Fantasia International Film Festival, which wrapped on the weekend.

The comedy about a young woman, played by Hikari Mitsushima, on her fifth job and her fifth year in Tokyo, bowed in Berlin and the New York Asian Film Festival before receiving its Canadian premiere in Montreal.

Mitsushima also earned the best actress trophy at the Montreal genre festival for her star-turn in "Sawako Decides."

Fantasia also gave a special jury prize to South Korean writer-director Lee Hae-jun's "Castaway on the Moon," a romantic comedy about a man stranded on an island within Seoul.

The Montreal jury also gave the best actor award to Noah Taylor for his performance in Simon Rumley's "Red, White & Blue," while the best director prize went to South Korea's Lee Jun-ik for "Blades of Blood."

Other Fantasia prize winners: Serbian director Mladen Djordjevic earning the best screenplay award for "Life and Death of a Porno Gang," and the jury prize for best first feature going to Eli Craig's horror satire "Tucker and Dale Vs. Evil," which closed the festival after, in all, over 120 horror, fantasy, Euro psycho-drama or just edgy documentaries unspooled over the event's three-week run.