Kinema Junpo, the oldest film magazine in Japan, has been honouring Japanese films and individuals since 1927. The 2018 award winners have been announced and we’re excited to see a lot of familiar names. Director Hirokazu Koreeda’s film Shoplifters snagged the Best Film Award, with husband and wife duo Sakura Ando and Tasuku Emoto taking home Best Actress and Actor award. Ando took the award for her work in Shoplifters and Emoto for his work in three films including JFF2018’s Dynamite Graffiti.
A special award was given to the late Kirin Kiki.
See below for the full list of awards.
Best Film: Shoplifters
Best Foreign Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Readers’ Choice Best Film: Shoplifters
Readers’ Choice Best Foreign Film: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
Best Cultural Film: Boy Soldiers: The Secret War in Okinawa
Best Director: Takahisa Zeze (Chrysanthemum and Guillotine/ My Friend A)
Best Screenplay: Toranosuke Aizawa and Takahisa Zeze (Chrysanthemum and Guillotine)
Best Actress: Sakura Ando (Shoplifters)
Best Actor: Tasuku Emoto (And Your Bird Can Sing / Dynamite Graffiti /Lovers on Borders)
Best Supporting Actress: Hana Kino (Come On Irene)
Best Supporting Actor: Tori Matsuzaka (Blood of Wolves)
Best Female Newcomer: Mai Kiryu (Chrysanthemum and Guillotine / Lying To Mom)
Best Male Newcomer: Ichiro Kan (Chrysanthemum and Guillotine)
Best Foreign Film Director: Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Readers’ Choice Award Best Director: Hirokazu Koreeda (Shoplifters)
Readers’ Choice Award Best Foreign Film Director: Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri)
Special Award: Kirin Kiki