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Sen To Chihiro wins Japanese Oscar

posted on 2002-03-18 18:31 EST
Sen to Chihiro adds Japanese Acadamy award to its roster, Miyazaki Wins Life Time achievement award

Thank you to Claude J. Pelletier of Protoculture for this information:

Following the Golden Bear that it won last month, Hayao Miyazaki's latest film, Sen to Chihiro no Kamikakushi, has won the Japanese Academy award for best Picture. Despite the Golden Bear and its status as the biggest ever japanese box office earning film, the award was actually a surprise for most. Isao Yukisada's Go was the popular favorite for the award and did manage to take home more academy awards than any other film, a total of 8 awards for Best Director (Isao Yukisada), Best Actor (Yosuke Kubozuka), Best Supporting Actor (Tsutomu Yamazaki), Best Supporting Actress (Ko Shibasaki), as well as prizes for screenplay, cinematography, lighting direction and editing.

In addition to the Academy Award for Best Picture being awarded to his film, Hayao Miyazaki also won the Outstanding Achievement Award for his contributions to Japanese Cinema during his fourty-five year career. Contributions which include the two most successful Japanese films ever produced (Sen to Chihiro and Mononoke Hime) and a host of other favorites such as Kiki's Delivery Service and Nausicaä.

Sen to Chihiro, Spirited Away in English, has been licenced for North American release by Walt Disney and will premiere at the Castro Theatre in San Francisco on April 21st.

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