Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda was the big winner at the Asia Pacific Film Festival awards in Macau over the weekend, winning in the prestigious categories of Best Picture and Best Director with his film “Like Father, Like Son.” The movie is a story about two boys who were swapped at birth, and the film shows how it is like for a Japanese family when they are told that their son is actually not their son.
The Asia Pacific Film Festival is one of the region’s longest running film events, and is organized by the Federation of Motion Picture Producers in Asia-Pacific. The first edition, established to promote Asian cinema and encourage cross-border collaboration, was held in Tokyo in 1954. Member territories have taken turns hosting in the years since. Koreeda’s film actually premiered at this year’s Cannes film festival, where Steven Spielberg was jury president. The film won the Cannes Jury Prize. With Masaharu Fukuyama as the lead actor, the movie was produced by Fuji TV, Amuse Inc. and GAGA.
Dreamworks have since bought the remake rights to the film and have Hollywood have a go at Koreeda’s film. “When I saw the film at Cannes, I was so impressed by its power to bring such a human story to the screen. Here at DreamWorks Studios, Stacey Snider and our team recognized that it was a story we wanted to remake to bring to our audiences throughout the world,” said Spielberg in a statement. “I thank Hirokazu Koreeda and Fuji TV for giving us this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.”
Other awardees in the Asian Film Festival include Zhang Ziyi as Best Actress for her role Wong Kar Wai’s “The Grandmaster”. Lee Kang-sheng won Best Actor for his performance in “Stray Dogs”. Best Supporting Actress went to Yeo Yann Yann for her turn in festival favorite, “Ilo Ilo” from Singapore. India’s Nawazuddin Sidiqui took Best Supporting Actor for “The Lunchbox”. The Lunchbox’s star Irrfan Khan took the event’s special Outstanding Achievement and the film also won Best Sound. The Grandmaster won Best Cinematography.
[via Hollywood Reporter]