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 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.