Moscow, June 29 (Jiji Press)--Japanese director Tatsushi Omori's "Sayonara Keikoku" (The Ravine of Goodbye) received the Special Jury Prize "Silver George" for the competition category at the 35th Moscow International Film Festival on Saturday.
It was the first Japanese movie to win the award since Susumu Hani's "Te o Tsunagu Kora" (Children Hand in Hand) in 1965.
Based on a novel by author Shuichi Yoshida, Sayonara Keikoku depicts the love and hatred of a man and a woman who live as husband and wife 15 years after the woman was raped by the man.
It was highly evaluated for its sophisticated direction and deep understanding of human relations.
At the award ceremony, Omori, 42, said, "This is a small movie created in Japan, but I can return to Japan with confidence after winning this award at the Moscow International Film Festival."END
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