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Kiki Kirin saves Hashimoto Ai from reporter questions at the 4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival

May 11, 2013 @ 8:35 pm
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On May 10, young actress Hashimoto Ai was among the attendees of the '4th Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival in Seijo' and was showered with questions related to the recent reports of her alleged relationship with actor Ochiai Motoki.

Hashimoto attended the festival to receive the "Best Supporting Actress" award for her performance in the movie 'Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo' (International title: 'The Kirishima Thing'). Ochiai also appeared in this movie and reports say that the two have developed a romantic relationship.

The actress remained silent about this topic throughout the event, but the reporters kept on asking questions related to this topic. In one case, a reporter asked if she enjoyed her date. Veteran actress Kiki Kirin noticed her discomfort and stepped in to act as if the question was directed towards her. "I've enjoyed it indeed", she told the reporters.

Her timely help stunned the reporters who from then on refrained from bringing up this topic again.

Hashimoto herself was more joyful again when she received the award and commented, "I'm happy that I'm receiving an award at a film festival that is all about the love for movies. My generation isn't as emotionally attached to movies anymore, but I want to continue contributing as a 'part' to the movie industry throughout the future, so that people will continue to love movies forever."

The film festival was also attended by Abe Hiroshi, Higashide Masahiro, Hosoda Mamoru, Uchida Kanji, and Ueno Koji. Check out the list of the winners below.



The whole list of winners:
Grand Chariot Award (Grand Prize) : "Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki"
Best Actor: Abe Hiroshi ("Thermae Romae")
Best Actress: Kiki Kirin ("Waga Haha no Ki")
Best Supporting Actor: Kagawa Teruyuki ("Kagi Dorobou no Method")
Best Supporting Actress: Hashimoto Ai ("Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo")
Grand Chariot Rookie Award: Higashide Masahiro ("Kirishima, Bukatsu Yamerutteyo")
Best Director: Hosoda Mamoru ("Ookamikodomo no Ame to Yuki")
Best Screenplay: Uchida Kenji ("Kagi Dorobou no Method")
Best Music: Ueno Koji ("Nobou no Shiro")

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Source: Cinema Today + Nippon Theater Staff Film Festival official site

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