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Wednesday, 25th March 2009
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Japanese cinema dominates Asian Film Awards

Japanese films were the big winners at this year's annual Asian Film Awards, with Tokyo Sonata scooping the prize for best picture.

The film, which follows the breakdown of a family after the father loses his job, beat off competition from other nominees, including South Korea's The Good, The Bad, The Weird and China's Forever Enthralled.

Another Japanese film, the animation Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea, was also nominated in the category.

Japan's Hirokazu Koreeda was named the best director for his family drama Still Walking, while Masahiro Motoki won best actor for his role in the film Departures.

Following his win, Mr Koreeda told the Associated Press: "I am very happy that Japanese film can cross borders.

"I only have fond memories of the shoot. It was always happy moments."

The gong for best composer went to Japan's Hisaishi Joe for his work on Ponyo on the Cliff by the Sea.

Written by Mike Cotgreave

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