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Japanese Director Koreeda Wins Cannes Jury Prize [Jiji Press English News Service]

May 27, 2013

YellowBrix

Cannes, France, May 26 (Jiji Press)--Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's "Soshite Chichi Ni Naru" ("Like Father, Like Son") won the Jury Prize at this year's Cannes Film Festival in France Sunday.

Koreeda's movie, a story about two couples whose babies were mixed up, is the first Japanese work given the prize since the late Rentaro Mikuni's "Shinran: Shiroi Michi" enjoyed the honor in 1987.

At the award ceremony, Koreeda said, "I would like to share my joy with our cast and staff." A key reason for him to produce the movie was his own family, he said. "I would like to thank my father and mother, my wife who made me a father, and my daughter."

Koreeda made his debut in the Cannes feature film competition in 2001 with "Distance." In 2004, Yuya Yagira won the Best Actor Award in Koreeda's "Daremo Shiranai" ("Nobody Knows").

In Koreeda's new film, the two couples bring up the mixed-up babies until they become six. Then they realize the mistake, facing a difficult decision of whether to swap their kids and get them back to their biological parents. The main actor is Masaharu Fukuyama. The cast also includes actresses Machiko Ono and Yoko Maki.

Among movies with any links with Japan, "Tian Zhu Ding" ("A Touch of Sin"), directed by China's Jia Zhangke with support from Japanese director Takeshi Kitano's Office Kitano Inc., received the Best Screenplay Award.

But "Wara No Tate" ("Shield of Straw"), directed by Takashi Miike, missed out. So did "Inseki To Impotence" ("Meteorite + Impotence"), directed by Omoi Sasaki and chosen for the short film competition.

Director Naomi Kawase, who won the 2007 Grand Prix for her "Mogari" ("The Mourning Forest"), served as the first Japanese jury member in 17 years in the feature film competition. U.S. filmmaker Steven Spielberg led the jury.

This year's top prize, Palme d'Or, was awarded to Abdellatif Kechiche's lesbian romance "La Vie d'Adele--Chapitre 1 & 2" ("Blue is the Warmest Color").END

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