The Tokyo International Film Festival revealed Friday that Mexican actor Alejandro González Iñárritu and Japan’s Koji Fukada will both receive the Kurosawa Akira Award at the event’s upcoming 35th edition later this month. The Tokyo Festival decided to revive the honor in 2022 after a 14-year hiatus. Awarded to filmmakers “who are making an extraordinary contribution to world cinema and are expected to help shape the future of cinema”, the award has previously been given to artists films such as Steven Spielberg, Yoji Yamada and Hou Hsia Hsien of Taiwan.
This year’s honorees were selected by a selection panel that included director Yoji Yamada, popular actor Tatsuya Nakadai, veteran actress Mieko Harada, film critic Saburo Kawamoto and program director Shozo Ichiyama of Tokyo.
The committee said it chose to award this year to Iñárritu, “as his film debut Amores Perros Drawing the world’s attention to Mexican cinema, and since he has won numerous awards, he continues to vigorously challenge himself to try new things with each film, a worthy approach. “
Iñárritu latest movies, Bardo, The False Chronicle of a Few Truths, which premiered in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival, and will be screened in Tokyo’s selection gala. His directorial debut, Amores Perroswon the Grand Prix of the Tokyo International Film Festival in 2000, and he was the jury president of the 22nd Tokyo Film Festival in 2009.
Regarding Fukada, the committee “praised the excellence of [his] film by a young Japanese director with a promising future. In addition, considering his passionate contributions to the industry beyond filmmaking, which have also been appreciated, Fukada will be honored with the Kurosawa Akira Award. “
Features of Fukada Harmonium premiered in the Uncertainty category of the 69th Cannes Film Festival in 2016, where it won the Jury Prize. His following works are regularly screened at the world’s top festivals, making him one of the most highly regarded young Japanese artists on the international stage. Fukada has also been involved in activities that go beyond his work behind the camera, such as launching the “Small Theater Support Initiative” with other directors including an Oscar winner. Ryusuke Hamaguchi, in order to prevent the demise of antique cinemas in Japan after they fell into financial ruin. crisis during the pandemic. Fukada’s latest movies, Love this lifewas critically acclaimed in competition at this year’s Venice Film Festival.
The Kurosawa Akira Awards 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.