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Posted by Shiso TH STAFF Thursday, March 12, 2015

Japan dominates the 'Asian Oscars' with most nominated films

Sato Takeru, Kase Ryo

On March 25th, get ready for Asia's most anticipated night of glitz�and glamour as the 9th Asian Film Awards (AFA) celebrates another year of cinematic�excellence. Featuring a spectacular gathering of the region's hottest celebrities and�iconic filmmakers, the 9th AFA will be held at The Venetian, Macau to commemorate�the occasion with unprecedented grandeur and prestige.

The 9th AFA recognizes and celebrates outstanding achievement across 14 categories�

with a pool of 74 nominations representing 42 films from 8 countries across Asia.�

This year, Japan dominates the awards as the country with the most films nominated�

composing of 11 different films nominated for 14 different awards. Amongst these�films, The Light Only Shines There�(Soko nomi nite Hikari Kagayku), Japan's submission for�the Oscars, has been nominated for three major categories, including "Best Film",�

"Best Supporting Actress", and "Best Screenwriter". At the same time, internationally�

renowned director Tsukamoto Shinya has been nominated for the "Best�Director" for Fires On The Plain (Nobi).�

Satoh Takeru, well-known Japanese actor for the internationally-famous�action series Rurouni Kenshin, and Kase Ryo�of Korean�production Hill of Freedom�(Jiyugaoka de) has been nominated for "Best Actor" this�year, competing with major Asian names such as Ethan Ruan, Choi Min-sik, and Sean�Lau.�

At the same time, renowned actress Miyazawa Rie�has been�nominated for "Best Actress" for her performance in Pale Moon (Kami no Tsuki).�

Founded by the Tokyo International Film Festival, Hong Kong�International Film Festival, and Busan International Film Festival, AFA represents the�highest caliber of events in Asian film industry. Past winners include Kitano Takeshiand KoreedaHirokazu for "Best Director", Motoki Masahiro�for "Best Actor", Watanabe Makiko for "Best Supporting�

Actress", and more.



Inaugurated in 2007, the Asian Film Awards celebrates excellence in Asian cinema�

through the annual presentation of awards to the many diverse talents and films that�make up the dynamic film industries of the region.
Awards night is a spectacular�
gathering of celebrities, industry professionals and the media that highlights and�publicizes the year's achievements in Asian movies.

Presented in Hong Kong in its first seven years, the Awards were held last year in one�of Asia's fastest growing entertainment hubs, Macau. With this historic move, the�Awards take one step closer to its long-term plan of being held in different Asian�cities to reflect its broad reach across the entire region. Following last year's success,�the Asian Film Awards will be held again in Macau for its ninth edition.


For latest information, please visit www.asianfilmawards.asia.
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