Lee Sang-il's drama "Akunin" ("Villain") picked up five awards at the 34th annual Japan Academy Awards in Tokyo on Friday night, including those in all four main acting categories, but not best picture nor best director, which went to "Confessions" and its director, Tetsuya Nakashima.
"Villains," about a lonely store clerk who falls for a quiet, intense killer on the run, helped Eri Fukatsu, 38, pick up the best actress award for her role as the clerk. The best actor award went to Satoshi Tsumabuki, 30, as the killer, the best supporting actor award went to Akira Emoto, 63, and best supporting actress award to Kirin Kiki, 68.
On accepting the award Tsumabuki said, "This performance was the culmination of my 12 years experience in the business. I wanted to dig deep and bring something original and personal to the role."
Fukatsu, who won the best actress award at the 2010 Montreal World Film Festival for the same role last September, said, "It was a privilege to play opposite Tsumabuki. I look forward to giving him a hug and celebrating later."
"Avatar" won the best foreign film award. Takashi Miike's samurai film “Thirteen Assassins” picked up four awards.© Japan Today