‘Mononoke’ wins Japan’s best pic

Animated pic a first, 'Titanic' receives nod

TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod.

“Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously held by “E.T. The Extraterrestrial.”

“The Eel,” which shared the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 1997, lost out on the best picture award in Japan. However, helmer Shohei Imamura picked up the award for best director, while star Koji Yakusho added another Japan Academy prize to his collection for best actor in the role of a convicted murderer trying to reform himself.

Hitomi Kuroki won the best actress award for “Shitsurakuen,” the story of an extramarital affair that started a tryst boom in Japan. In the movie she played opposite Yakusho, who appeared in four films that received nominations in the 11th annual awards presentation.

The best foreign picture went to “Titanic,” which made its world premiere at the Tokyo Intl. Film Festival in November.

“Welcome Back Mr. McDonald,” from new director Koki Mitani, picked up awards for best supporting actor, screenplay and sound.

The big winner at the previous Japan Academy Awards ceremony was “Shall We Dance?,” which went on to become one of Japan’s most successful movie exports.

More Film

  • (L to R) Young Rosie (ALEXA

    'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,' 'The Equalizer 2' Eye Debuts Above Forecasts

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • Durban 2018 Panel on Sexual Harrasment

    For Black Women in South African Film Biz, Equality Still a Struggle

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • 'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham

    'Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse' Teases Spider-Ham, Other Webspinners

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • Venom Comic-Con

    'Venom' Creators Promise 'Huge World,' Tease Spider-Man Fight

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • Bully

    Film News Roundup: Danny Trejo's Dark Comedy 'Bully' Scores Distribution

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • Jamie Lee Curtis Hugs Fan Who

    Jamie Lee Curtis Embraces Sobbing Fan, Who Says 'Halloween' Saved His Life

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

  • Teen Titans Go to the Movies

    Film Review: 'Teen Titans GO! to the Movies'

    TOKYO — Japan’s all-time box office champ “Princess Mononoke” won the Japanese Academy Award for best picture of 1997, becoming the first animated film to get the nod. “Princess,” from esteemed animator Hayao Miyazaki, took in a record $152 million at the domestic box office during its run, surpassing attendance and box office records previously […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content