'Pandora' nabs Grand Prix

TOKYO — The Intl. Drama Festival, which runs Wednesday to Friday in association with the Tokyo Film Festival, has announced the winners of its first competition for TV shows.

Scooping the Grand Prix for a continuing series is “Pandora,” a medical research drama on the Wowow entertainment channel that also netted the script nod for Yumiko Inoue.

The award for stand-alone drama went to “Ten to Sen” (Points and Lines), a two-part program on TV Asahi based on a mystery novel by Seicho Matsumoto. Its helmer, Kan Ishibashi, shared director honors with “Pandora’s” Shunsaku Kawake.

The drama prize in the kids & young section went to TV Tokyo’s “Keitai Sosakan 7” (Cell Phone Agent 7) and Fuji TV’s “Last Friends.”

NTV’s “Saito-san” topped the family section, and NHK’s “Atsu Hime” (Princess Atsu) the period drama section. Finally, Fuji TV’s “SP” was judged best of the dramas not falling into a specific genre.

Among individual winners, Koichi Sato and Juri Ueno received the prizes for actor and actress, respectively. Masato Sakai and Emi Wakui scooped supporting actor and actress nods, respectively.

The Intl. Drama Festival is presenting Japanese dramas to foreign buyers at the Tokyo fest in an effort to boost the anemic $100 million in annual overseas sales for local dramas.

The total production cost of local dramas broadcast on terrestrial channels, including the five major nets and pubcaster NHK, is estimated at $22 billion.

The Tokyo Film Festival ends on Sunday.

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