Tokyo: Festival to Honor Martin Scorsese and Horror Legend Kiyoshi Kurosawa

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The Samurai Award has been given to one international helmer and one Japanese director for the last three years.

The Tokyo International Film Festival is set to give its Samurai Award to Martin Scorsese and Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa this year, the fest announced Wednesday.

The award honors "achievements by veteran filmmakers who continue to create groundbreaking films that carve paths to a new era in cinema," and was launched in 2014.

It has been awarded each year to one local helmer and one internationally renowned director. Previous recipients include John Woo, Tim Burton, Yoji Yamada and Takeshi Kitano.

Kurosawa is known for his horror films, as well as human dramas such as Tokyo Sonata and Journey to the Shore.

A discussion, In Person: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, will be held on Nov. 3, the last day of the fest, when the award will be presented. Scorsese is unable to attend.