Nominees for the 45th Japan Academy Film Awards
The Association of the Japan Academy Film Awards published on Tuesday the list of nominees ahead of the celebration of the 45th edition. All those selected for this annual event of Japanese cinema receive the so-called Excellence Awards, while the main awards of each category are those that are delivered during the ceremony, which this year will take place at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa, in Tokyo, the next March 11, 2022. All titles can be found at official Web.
The only requirement is to include feature films that have been released in Japan between January 1 and December 31, 2021. Among all the selected ones, five movies choose to take A Awardanimation of the year. This recognition that has been offered for 15 years, since animations were previously included in movie of the year, being the highest category. Next, we break down the selected ones.
Genders: science fiction and fantasy
Type of production: animation movie
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Belle follows Suzu, a 17-year-old high school student who lives in a rural town with her father. For years, she has only been a shadow of her former self. One day, Suzu enters U, a virtual world of five billion members online, and becomes Belle, a world-famous singer. Belle soon encounters a mysterious creature with whom she embarks on a journey of adventure and love in their quest to become who they truly are.
Fourth film of Rebuild of Evangelion. The destruction wrought by Fourth Impact, following NERV’s failed attempt to retrieve the Spears of Longinus and carry out the Human Complementation Project, is extremely great. In a state of disarray, Shinji Ikari, Asuka Langley Shikinami, and Rei Ayanami travel to City 3, a survival zone in the midst of Earth’s state of ruin. There, Shinji begins to make peace with his past, developing a new life entirely apart from his days as a pilot.
Yûta Okkotsu, a high school student whose wish is to be executed, was suffering from Rika, a vengeful apparition. Meanwhile, Satoru Gojô, the master of the Metropolitan Area Sorcery Technical School where one learns to purify “curses”, transfers Yûta to the institute…
Adaptation of the novel Gyokō no Nikuko-chan. Nikuko’s strong natural, passionate, and ordinary spirit puts Kikuko, her 11-year-old daughter, to shame. With nothing in common beyond living together on a ship stuck in the harbor, a miracle occurs when their secrets are revealed.
The beautiful and mysterious Shion has just transferred to Keibu High School where she is rapidly gaining popularity due to her outspoken personality and exceptional talent in athletics… but it turns out she is an AI in testing phase! His goal is to bring “happiness” to the lonely Satomi, his childhood friend, and his strategy is to sing to her in the middle of class. From this moment on, Satomi and Toma, who is fond of engineering, will begin to approach Shion, moved by her singing. But despite doing all this for Satomi’s sake, it will end up becoming a serious problem.
Also in terms of animation, studios Kyoto Animation Y Toei Animation they will receive the Premio Shigeru Okada for “producing high-quality films, combining entertainment and art through unique creativity and advanced technology.”
Regarding personal nominations, Belle reappears in the section Best Music Award where Taisei Iwasaki, Ludvig Forssell Y Yuta Bando they are selected for their work in the film. The list includes several live-action feature films based on manga, where My Imada Y Ai Yoshikawa compete to Best actress for his roles as Hinata Tachibana in Tokyo Revengers Y Uka Ishimori in Honey Lemon Soda respectively. On the other hand Hayato Isomura is nominated for Best New Actor for interpreting Wataru Inoue in Who is Nani Tabeta?.
The Academy also offers special decorations more generally. Below are the names of the various industry workers that they will receive the Academy President’s Award for Best Lifetime Achievement:
- Mitsuko Kusabue – Actriz
- Tsutomu Yamazaki – Actor
- Masako Nozawa – Voice actress
- Natsuko Toda – Translator and Subtitler
- Teruyo Nogami – Akira Kurosawa Script Supervisor and Production Assistant
- Hanae Mori – Costume Designer
As a tribute, the announcement has left a record of those personalities to whom the Posthumous Special Awards for Best Achievement:
- Yasuo Otsuka – Animador
- Masato Hara – Producer
- Kunie Tanaka – Actor
- Sonny Chiba – Actor
- Shin’ichirou Sawai – Director and writer
- Tan Takaiwa – President and producer at Toei Y Toei Animation
- Emi Wada – Costume Designer