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‘Rebirth’ tops Japan Academy Awards

'King's Speech' wins for foreign film

Rebirth,” Izuru Narushima’s meller about a woman who steals her married lover’s baby and raises her as her daughter, scooped 10 trophies at the Japan Academy Awards ceremony on Friday, including best picture and director.

Lead actress went to Mao Inoue for her perf as the grown daughter in search of her past, while Hiromi Nagasaku took supporting actress for her turn as the kidnapper-cum-mother.

Released in April, “Rebirth” earned a solid $15 million at the B.O. It was based on Mitsuyo Kakuta’s bestseller that in turn inspired a hit TV drama in which Inoue and Nagasaku starred.

The lead actor prize went posthumously to Yoshio Harada for the dramedy “Oshika-mura soudouki.” The veteran thesp died at age 71 shortly after the pic’s July release. Single-named thesp Denden drew supporting actor honors for his role as a murderous fish store owner in the Sion Sono shocker “Cold Fish.”

The animation prize went to the Studio Ghibli smash “From up on Poppy Hill,” while Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” won for foreign film.

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