The Tokyo International Film Festival revealed on Friday that Mexican author Alejandro González Iñárritu and Japan’s Koji Fukada will both receive the Kurosawa Akira Award at the event’s 35th edition later this month. The Tokyo festival decided to revive the honor in 2022 after a 14-year hiatus. The award was presented to filmmakers “who make outstanding contributions to world cinema and are expected to help shape the future of the film industry”, and has previously been awarded to film stars such as Steven Spielberg, Yoji Yamada and Hou Hsia Hsien of Taiwan.
This year’s winners were chosen by a selection committee consisting of director Yoji Yamada, acclaimed actor Tatsuya Nakadai, veteran actress Mieko Harada, film critic Saburo Kawamoto and Tokyo Program Director Shozo Ichiyama.
The committee said it had chosen to award this year’s prize to Iñárritu, “as his debut film”. Amores Perros drew the world’s attention to Mexican cinema, and although he has won many awards since then, he has continued to vigorously challenge himself to try something new with each film, an approach that deserves recognition.”
Iñárritu latest movie, Bardo, false chronicle of a handful of truths, premiered in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival and is screened in the Tokyo gala selection. His directorial debut, Amores Perroswon the Grand Prix of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2000 and chaired the jury of the 22nd Tokyo Festival in 2009.
Van Fukada, the committee praised “the excellence of [his] films as a young Japanese director with a promising future. In addition, given his energetic contributions to the industry outside of filmmaking, which are also highly acclaimed, Fukada will be honored with the Kurosawa Akira Award.”
The function of Fukada Harmonium premiered in the Un Certain Regard section of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Jury Prize. His subsequent works have regularly premiered at the world’s leading festivals, making him one of the most esteemed young Japanese authors on the international stage. Fukada has also been involved in activities beyond his behind-the-camera work, such as launching the “Mini Theater Aid Initiative” with fellow directors including Oscar winner Ryusuke Hamaguchi, which aimed at the collapse of Japan’s arthouse theaters. after they got into financial trouble. crisis during the pandemic. Fukada’s latest movie, love lifepremiered this year and received critical acclaim in competition at the Venice Film Festival.
The Kurosawa Akira Award ceremony will be held on Saturday, October 29 at the Imperial Hotel. The 35th Tokyo International Film Festival runs from October 24 to November 2.