Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, who stars in upcoming Chinese production Wings Over Everest, received a lifetime achievement award and the best actor award at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March. Photo: Nora Tam

Memoirs of a Geisha star on Japanese cinema’s decline, and the rise of Chinese film industry

  • Koji Yakusho, 63, talks about his most memorable roles, from Shall We Dance? to Babel, his part in The Blood of Wolves, and the upcoming Wings Over Everest
  • Recent life achievement awards, such as on at the recent Asian Film Awards, make him feel old, and ready to give back to cinema, which brought him so much
Topic |   Asian cinema: Japanese films

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Japanese actor Koji Yakusho, who stars in upcoming Chinese production Wings Over Everest, received a lifetime achievement award and the best actor award at the Asian Film Awards in Hong Kong in March. Photo: Nora Tam
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Kara Wai receives her award for best supporting actress on a good night for Hong Kong talent at the 2019 Asian Film Awards.

Asian Film Awards 2019 winners: Shoplifters named best picture; China, Japan and South Korea dominate

  • Honour for Hirokazu Koreeda’s film about a family of petty criminals in Tokyo follows Oscar nomination and Palme d’Or win at Cannes festival in 2018
  • Lee Chang-dong wins best director for psychodrama Burning, and Hong Kong cinema is recognised with best supporting actress and best new director prizes
Topic |   Asian cinema

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Kara Wai receives her award for best supporting actress on a good night for Hong Kong talent at the 2019 Asian Film Awards.
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