Japanese awards honor Miwa Nishikawa drama

Miwa Nishikawa’s “Dear Doctor,” a drama about a quack practicing in a rural village, won best film honors in the Kinema Junpo critics’ poll.

The crix also hand out awards, of which Nishikawa scooped the screenplay prize, while comic Tsurube Shofukutei won actor honors for his perf in “Dear Doctor” and other films he appeared in last year.

The director award went to Daisaku Kimura for his mountain adventure pic “Mt. Tsurugidake.”

Takako Matsu was named actress for her turn as the wife of an alcoholic, unfaithful writer in Kichitaro Negishi’s “Villon’s Wife” plus her perfs in other pics in 2009.

Critics voted Clint Eastwood’s “Gran Torino” for foreign movie.

Sponsored since 1924 by Kinema Junpo, Japan’s oldest film mag, the awards are considered the most prestigious in the Japanese biz.

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