Japan’s Sarina Suzuki wins Lead Actress Award at Madrid International Film Festival


Japanese actress and “talent” Sarina Suzuki won this year’s Best Lead Actress in a Foreign Language Film at the Madrid International Film Festival for her role in the Japanese movie, The Miraculous Postcards (Kiseki no Hagaki).

The all-smiles Suzuki held a press conference in Tokyo on Wednesday upon her return from Madrid, telling journalists that she is overjoyed but still couldn’t believe the news.

“I still think that this is some kind of a prank,” Suzuki said. “I’m the one who’s most surprised (by the award).”

Suzuki, whose long showbiz career has included appearances as a gravure idol, regular TV personality and a short stint as a reggae singer, took it to the big screen for the first time in about 10 years.

The Miraculous Postcards, which will be released in Japan on November 4, is based on a true story and tells of the life struggles of a woman who cares of a critically ill daughter and a mother stricken by dementia.

During the press conference in Tokyo, Suzuki further revealed that she was robbed at a restaurant in Madrid the night before the ceremony. She lost her bag, including her credit cards and passport, to a snatch group that had posed as a couple and were sitting behind her at a restaurant, Sankei Shimbun reported.

Despite the incident, however, during her award acceptance speech in Madrid on July 15, Suzuki told the audience that she had lost much during her stay in the Spanish capital, but “won a trophy,” and that she couldn’t be happier.

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Sarina Suziki poses with her trophy after winning the Best Lead Actress Award in Foreign Language Film at the Madrid International Film Festival on July 15, 2017. Photo: Sarina Suzuki Instagram
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Good for her. Pity about the Spanish 'hospitality'.

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Congratulations and many blessings to you Sarina Suzuki! :)

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She looks well, done OK too.

I got robbed in Barcelona last year in similar circumstances. The experience sort of spoilt Spain for me. Pity!

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Often people will hang their bag on the back of their chair. Then, one person approaches from the opposite side of the bag, and engages in conversation, while someone on the other side steals their bag as the person is distracted.

I always keep my bag at my feet, touching my leg so I can feel if it's removed. If I'm particularly concerned (like in airports), I'll actually put my leg through the loop itself, so it cannot be moved.

I'm not sure if this is the particular scam that this lady faced, but it's something to be careful of, particularly overseas.

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