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Hirokazu Kore-eda’s complex legal drama The Third Murder was the big winner at the 41st Japan Academy Prize, taking best picture, director, supporting actor, supporting actress, editing and screenplay.
Kore-eda (Like Father, Like Son) himself took home four awards. He wrote, edited and directed The Third Murder, which screened in the main competition in Venice last year.
Koji Yakusho (Babel, Memoirs of a Geisha) was nominated in the supporting actor category for both The Third Murder and historical epic Sekigahara, winning for the former. Best supporting actress was won by Suzu Hirose, 19, for her performance as the daughter of a murdered factory owner in Third Murder, for which she has also been nominated for this month’s Asian Film Awards, along with the film itself for best picture.
Best actress went to Yu Aoi for Kazuya Shiraishi’s Birds Without Names, which screened at the Toronto International Film Festival last year.
Best actor went to Masaki Suda for the two-part boxing drama Wilderness.
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