Kimura nabs director prize with 'Mt. Tsurugidake'
TOKYO — “The Unbroken,” Setsuro Wakamatsu’s corporate meller about intrigue in a major airline, modeled on recently bankrupted Japan Airlines, was named best picture at the 33rd Japan Academy Awards ceremony on Friday.
Produced by a consortium led by Kadokawa Pictures and released in October by Toho, the 204-minute pic ended up earning north of $30 million.
Best director went to Daisaku Kimura, whose “Mt. Tsurugidake,” a drama based on a real-life 1907 expedition to map a mountainous region of Japan, became his first pic as helmer at age 70. Kimura had spent much of his five-decade career as a cinematographer.
Best actor was awarded to Ken Watanabe for his turn as a corporate reformer in “The Unbroken,” while actress went to Takako Matsu for her perf as a much-put-upon wife in Kichitaro Negishi’s period meller “Villon’s Wife.”
Teruyuki Kagawa won supporting actor for “Mt. Tsurugidake,” while Kimiko Yo was given supporting actress for the medical drama “Dear Doctor.” The later pic’s helmer, Miwa Nishikawa also received the screenplay trophy.
The animation prize was scooped by Mamoru Hosoda’s “Summer Wars,” while the foreign picture nod went to Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino.”