Japan shines at Asian Film Awards

'Tokyo Sonata' wins best film honors

Japanese films dominated the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong on Monday night, nabbing four top awards.

Helmer-scribe Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s “Tokyo Sonata” won for film and screenwriter, while Hirokazu Kore-eda nabbed the director honor for “Still Walking.” Masahiro Motoki took actor for “Departures,” which won an Oscar in the foreign-language film category earlier this year.

China’s Zhou Xun was awarded actress laurels for Cao Baoping’s “The Equation of Love and Death,” while Chen Kaige’s biopic of Peking Opera star Mei Lanfang, “Forever Enthralled,” scooped the newcomer award for Yu Shaoqun.

Kim Jee-woon’s “The Good the Bad the Weird” had been strongly fancied going in, with eight nominations. In the end, the South Korean pic won supporting actor for Jung Woo-sung. Gina Pareno took supporting actress for her role in Brillante Mendoza’s “Service.”

Hong Kong thesp Michelle Yeoh headed the jury, which included festival programmers Noah Cowan from Toronto, Christian Jeune from Cannes and Christophe Terhechte from Berlin, as well as Hong Kong helmer Jacob Wong.

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