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Zhang Hanyi’s ‘Life After Life’ Wins Tokyo Filmex Top Prize

TOKYO – “Life After Life,” Chinese director Zhang Hanyi’s drama about a woman who returns to her pollution-devastated village ten years after her untimely death, won the Tokyo Filmex Grand Prize. The film premiered in the Forum section of this year’s Berlin Film Festival.

Taking the second place special jury prize was Sri Lankan director Sanjeewa Pushpakumara’s “Burning Birds.” Set in Sri Lanka in the turbulent year of 1989, this drama about a war widow’s struggle to raise her eight children earlier screened at this year’s Busan festival.

Among other prizes were a special mention and audience award to Korean director Yoon Ga-eun’s “The World of Us” and the student jury prize to Philippines director Eduardo Roy Jr.’s “Ordinary People.”

Unspooling Nov. 19-27, Tokyo Filmex opened with maverick Korean director Kim Ki-duk’s “The Net” and closed with the three-director Hong Kong omnibus “Trivisa.” The festival also held its annual Talents Tokyo workshop for young producers and directors.

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