'Tokyo Sonata' wins Cannes jury prize

First Japanese film to win the award

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TOKYO -- Kiyoshi Kurosawa's "Tokyo Sonata" won the jury prize in Un Certain Regard competition at Cannes on Sunday, the first Japanese film to take the award.

"Tokyo Sonata" is a portrait of the deceptions played out within an average family, centered on the salaryman father's pretense of going to work every day after being laid off.

Kurosawa -- no relation to the late director Akira -- has been best known for horror flicks such as "Cure" and "Charisma." He won the critics' and journalists' FIPRESCI Award at Cannes in 2001 with his horror film "Kairo," which was remade in Hollywood in 2006 as "Pulse."