Japanese cinephiles have been following Kinema Junpo, also known as Kinejun, since it was first published in 1919 by a group of students from the Tokyo Institute of Technology. The Kinejun awards started in 1926 and their yearly top 10 best list remains one of the most prestigious Japanese film awards to this day.
Sounds pretentious? Well, it sounds like the critics at Kinejun would seem to have arthouse tastes but that’s not entirely true; the top 10 list and awards do go to mainstream actors and productions. If anything, it’s probably like the Oscars of Japan.
Winners from this year’s 89th Kinema Junpo Awards (Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Newcomer Male) (Source)
A poster from 2010 featuring the Kinejun award which eerily looks like a headless Oscar (Source)
Here’s the latest 89th Kinema Junpo Awards and Best Ten List for 2015.