Live-Action Space Brothers Wins Awards at Puchon Film Fest
posted on by Jennifer Sherman
The live-action film adaptation of Chūya Koyama's Uchū Kyōdai (Space Brothers) manga received the Best of Puchon and NH Nonghyup Citizen's Choice awards at the 16th Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival (PiFan2012) on Saturday. This is the first time that a Japanese film has won the Best of Puchon award.
The film competed with eleven other works to win the competition's top prize. A PiFan2012 representative cited the adaptation's strong emotional elements, originality, and chemistry between the two lead actors as reasons for the choice.
The film starring Shun Oguri (Hana-Kimi, Hana Yori Dango , Fullmetal Alchemist movie ) and Masaki Okada (Hana-Kimi, BokuKimi, Mahō Tsukai ni Taisetsu na Koto) opened in theaters across Japan on May 5.
The story follows two brothers, Mutta (Oguri) and Hibito (Okada), who made a vow as kids to travel to space. The younger brother Hibito did become an astronaut, but not Mutta. However, Mutta's life changes one fateful day.
Koyama's manga also received a television anime adaptation that premiered in Japan on April 1. Sentai Filmworks licensed the series for distribution in North America, and Crunchyroll streamed the anime in various countries as it aired in Japan.
Source: Comic Natalie
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