‘Departures’ wins 10 Japan Awards

Film has earned 60 honors this awards season

TOKYO — Oscar-nommed drama “Departures” has won 10 Japan Academy Awards, including best picture. At the 32nd ceremony in Tokyo on Friday, “Departures” also took prizes for director (Yojiro Takita), actor (Masahiro Motoki), supporting actor (Tsutomu Yamazaki) and actress (Kimiko Yo) plus screenplay (Kundo Koyama).

The pic, set in Japan’s funeral industry, has scooped more than 60 honors in Japan’s awards season. Released last September by Shochiku, “Departures” has also scored more than 2.6 million admissions and is adding to its $33 million-plus B.O. total.

Among other winners was the Hayao Miyazaki toon “Ponyo on the Cliff by the Seas,” for animated picture.

After the kudofest, helmer Takita, producer Yasuhiro Mase and stars Motoki and Ryoko Hirosue flew to Los Angeles for the Oscars, where “Departures” was in contention in the foreign language category.

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