Japan Academy Prize 2013: The Kirishima Thing wins Best Picture; Shota Sometani, Kengo Kora, Masahiro Higashide among nominees for acting awards!

Updates! The Kirishima Thing is the big winner of the recently concluded Japan Academy Prize grabbing two major awards – Best Picture and Best Director. Wolf Children won Animation of the Year while Hiroshi Abe is Best Actor for Thermae Romae and Kirin Kiki is Best Actress for Chronicle of my Mother.

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Ryunosuke Kamiki as Ryoya Maeda in The Kirishima Thing, directed by Daihachi Yoshida. Copyright NTV, Showgate, 2012, All Rights Reserved.

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Favorites Erika Sawajiri and Aoi Miyazaki failed to grab the Best Actress and Best Supporting Actress awards respectively, while Kengo Kora (nominated for Best Supporting Actor for The Drudgery Train) and Mirai Moriyama (with dual nomination for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor for The Drudgery Train and Chorus of Angels) suffered the same fate.

There was 7 Rookie of the year winners:

Emi Takei
Fumi Nikaido
Ai Hashimoto
Shota Sometani
Shim Chang-Min
Masahiro Higashide
Tori Matsuzaka

Emi Takei was last seen in Takashi Miike’s “For Love’s Sake” opposite Satoshi Tsumabuki and Takumi Saito, while Fumi Nikaido is the lead star in Himizu together with fellow Rookie winner Shota Sometani. Masahiro Higashide is part of The Kirishima Thing, and has a significant role in the currently Wowow TV drama xxxHolic, together with Sometani.

Shim Changmin, is, of course, the fab South Korean celebrity who played a North Korean spy in Fly with the Gold, while Tori Matsuzaka did some amazing performances in Tsunagu and Wings of the Kirin.

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Countdown to the Top 30 Hottest Japanese Actresses (2013 Edition)

Young, talented, charming, controversial, popular – just a few to describe our list of 30 hottest Japanese actresses today. While it took years and years before America’s Oscar awards took notice of young Japanese talent in the person of Rinko Kikuchi (Babel), young actresses in Japan have been charming their way into the hearts of Japanese and worldwide audiences.

In our introduction (countdown) to the top 30 list, we’re featuring four amazing actresses who are already household names in Japan. Get to know them and why they ought to be in the hot list!

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Erika Sawajiri’s tour-de-force performance in Helter Skelter!

Twilight’s Kristen Stewart acting and notoriety pale in comparison to Erika Sawajiri’s. The fact that Sawajiri can act and Stewart can’t is already quite obvious. After more than 5 years of haitus in appearing on the silver screen, Sawajiri is back with a vengeance in Helter Skelter.

As top model and beauty icon, Sawajiri plays Ririko – an insecure, beauty obssesed young model who will sacrifice everything to maintain her pretty face and sexy body. Everything appears to be just fine until the multiple plastic surgeries take its toll on her mind and body.

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