Awards Season Begins! Japan’s TAMA New Wave draws first blood: Over the Fence, Danchi win Best Picture! Joe Odagiri (Best Actor) Yu Aoi (Best Actress)!

Movie and Acting awards season have officially begun when TAMA New Wave announces its 2016 winners! We’re still waiting for more buzz from the Japan Academy Prize and the hitlist from Kinema Junpou but enough to say that this may be an exciting year in Japan for movie talents and their fans.

Nobuhiro Yamashita’s Over The Fence, starring Joe Odagiri, Yu Aoi, and Shota Matsuda won one of the two Best Picture recipients for the 2016 edition of the TAMA New Wave – an organization in Japan described as a community that promotes the advancement of Japanese cinema industry.

If you recall, Odagiri and Aoi made waves in Mushishi (Bugmaster) way back in 2006 as Ginko and Tanyu in a supernatural tale about mushi and how a man (Ginko) dedicated his life to protecting fellow humans from these creatures. In Over the Fence, Odagiri is Yoshio Shiraiwa who was dumped by his wife and goes back to his hometown of Hakodate where he meets Yu Aoi (Satoshi Tamura), a cabaret hostess.

The trailer has shown enough “substance” to convince me that this is one highly-anticipated movie. I know Shota Matsuda is also a competent actor, so having him play a supporting role in the movie is not to be dismissed. 

Complete line up of the winners in the 2016 edition of the TAMA awards are shown below:

The other Best Picture winner is Danchi:

Hinako (Naomi Fujiyama) and Seiji (Ittoku Kishibe) are a married couple. They operate a herbal medicine store that’s been in their family for three generations. The couple moved to another apartment complex. Seiji takes walks in the daytime. Residents at their apartment complex talk about them. Hinako takes part-time work and ignores the rumors. Seiji stops taking walks. A young man in suit comes in and out of their apartment. Rumors spread that Hinako and Seiji will divorce, Seiji’s disappearance and murder. The police and media become involved. [AsianWiki ]

If you’ve noticed, most of the winners for the Up and Coming acting awards (male and female) have been featured by PD many times. In particular, we’re happy to note that our top favorites (and bias) Hikari Mitsushima, Fumi Nikaido, Sakura Ando and Mao Inoue have won previously. More recent winners Ai Hashimoto, Haru Kuroki, Mugi Kadowaki, Mayu Matsuoka and Hana Sugisaki also join this prestigious list.

Same goes for Kora Kengo, Shota Sometani, Sosuke Ikematsu, Ryunosuke Kamiki, Masaki Suda, Taiga, Shuhei Nomura and Nijiro Murakami. 

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