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Wednesday, 26th October 2011
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Iconic actress awarded at TIFF

An iconic Japanese actress has become the first Asian performer to be handed the prestigious International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) award as she attended the Tokyo International Film Festival.

Kyoko Kagawa, famed for her role in Golden age classics including High and Low and Sansho and the Bailiff, was recognised for her contribution to film preservation, particularly with regards her home country's cinema.

According to the Mainichi Daily, the 79-year-old star has donated an estimated 300 rare items to the National Museum of Modern Art's film centre, based in Tokyo.

Accepting the honour, Kagawa said: "I thought my donations could be used as a reference to Japanese cinema's history.

"I can only retell what I've personally felt throughout my acting experience, but I'm happy when people listen to my stories," the news provider quoted.

She joins an impressive list of previous winners that include Martin Scorsese, Ingmar Bergman and Hou Hsiao-Hsien.

Posted by Susan Ballion