Japan's Koji Yakusho Wins Best Actor at Sitges Fest

World of Kanako Still - H 2014
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World of Kanako Still - H 2014

Mike Cahill's 'I Origins' takes best pic, while Korean films land four awards at the genre fest

Koji Yakusho won the joint best actor award at the Sitges film festival for his turn as a father looking for his missing daughter in Tetsuya Nakashima's dark drama The World of Kanako. Veteran Japanese actor Yakusho (Shall We Dance? Memoirs of a Geisha) shared the award with Nathan Phillips for Zak Hilditch’s end-of-the-world drama These Finals Hours.

The World of Kanako (Kawaki) won the best script at the Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas last month.

Mike Cahill's science fiction outing I Origins, starring Michael Pitt, took best feature, to add to its Sundance success at the beginning of the year.

The Babadook, the directorial debut from Australian actress Jennifer Kent, won the special jury prize, as well as best actress for Essie Davies. The other best actress award went to Julianne Moore for David Cronenberg's Maps to the Stars.

South Korea was represented with wins in the best animation category for Chang Hyung-yun for The Satellite Girl and Milk Cow, and best feature in the Focus Asia category with Mad Sad Bad by Han Ji-seung, Kim Tae-yong and Ryoo Seung-wan. In addition, in the New Visions section, Lee Su-jin won best feature for Han Gong-Ju, while Jung Yoon-suk won the non-fiction award with the appropriately titled Non-Fiction Diary.


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