Foreign film prize goes to 'Avatar'

TOKYO — “Confessions,” a drama helmed by Tetsuya Nakashima about a teacher who plots revenge against two of her 13-year-old students, took four prizes at the 34th Japanese Academy Awards on Friday, including picture, director, script and editing.

This total was equalled by Sang-il Lee’s drama “Villain” about a lonely store clerk who falls for a quiet, intense killer on the run, including the actress prize for Eri Fukatsu as the clerk, the actor award for Satoshi Tsumabuki as the killer, and the supporting actor award for Akira Emoto and supporting actress for Kirin Kiki.

Meanwhile, Takashi Miike’s samurai swashbuckler “Thirteen Assassins” also won in four tech categories, including cinematography, lighting, art direction and sound recording.

Foreign film prize went to “Avatar.”

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