Related Reviews

  1. The Devil's Path | 凶悪
    Drama of everyday, criminal evil is good but lacks a knockout punch.
  2. The Great Passage | 舟を編む
    Likeable, gently entertaining drama set in the closeted world of dictionary compilers.
  3. Like Father, Like Son | そして父になる
    Nurture-vs-nature light drama is admirable at a craft level but not otherwise involving.
  4. The Ravine of Goodbye | さよなら渓谷
    A poor script and blank characters drain this wannabe psychodrama.
  5. A Story of Yonosuke | 横道世之介
    Beautifully cast, offbeat comedy of manners more than justifies its length.
  6. Tokyo Family | 東京家族
    Modern-day "homage" to Ozu's Tokyo Story is pedestrian and dramatically dull.
  7. Why Don't You Play in Hell? | 地獄でなぜ悪い
    Maverick Sono Sion leaps back with a delirious slice of renegade, extreme cinema.
  8. The Wind Rises | 風立ちぬ
    Final anime by Miyazaki Hayao is a visually and emotionally vivid entertainment.

Related News

  1. Tokyo unveils greater focus on local cinema
    John Woo, Yamada Yoji to receive Samurai Award
  2. Asian trio returns to Cannes competition
    Office does overtime for midnight slot
  3. Eternal 0 tops Japan Academy Awards
    Okada Junichi takes double acting win
  4. Japan box office rises 6.6% in 2014
    Frozen boosts foreign film's market share
  5. Ghibli's Kaguya nominated for Academy Award
    First Oscar nod for Takahata Isao
  6. Russia's Leviathan wins at APSA
    China a major winner at Brisbane awards ceremony
  7. Leviathan leads APSA nominees
    East Asian cinema sidelined in major categories
  8. Yamada Yoji shooting family comedy
    Reunites main cast of Tokyo Family
  9. Vancouver Festival launches new prize
    World premiere of Ishii Yuya's The Vancouver Asahi
  10. Toronto festival completes 2014 lineup
    Films from Singapore, Vietnam, Studio Ghibli
  11. Roaring Currents shatters Korea B.O. records
    4.74 million admissions in first 5 days
  12. Old Boys second-placed at China B.O.
    Transformers spends third week at top
  13. Godzilla roars into China box office
    Second biggest foreign opening of the year
  14. Tomorrow edges out South Korean local films
    No Tears for the Dead opens fifth-placed
  15. Shanghai sets opening and closing films
    China, Hollywood films to bookend festival
  16. 14th Nippon Connection opens with Fuku-chan
    Edgy genre films and Nakahira Ko retrospective
  17. The Asian films driving global box office
    Charting the Asian films that Asians want to watch
  18. Goodbye East, Goodbye
    Is the lack of Asian films at Cannes the canary in the coal mine?
  19. Directors' Fortnight adds two Asian features
    Just seven Asian features at this year's Cannes
  20. Bozo tops Japan Film Professional Awards
    Tamako, Yonosuke recognised
  21. 5th Golden Horse Fantastic FF unveiled
    That Demon Within to close fantasy festival
  22. GKIDS takes Kaguya for North America
    Studio Ghibli animation set for late 2014 release
  23. Kore-eda, Suzuki win Minister of Education Prizes
    Ishii Yuya wins Newcomer Prize
  24. The Great Passage wins Japan Academy Prize
    Maki Yoko wins both actress awards
  25. Mole Song stays on top in Japan
    Kick-Ass 2 fifth-placed
  26. Black Coal, Thin Ice wins Golden Bear
    Liao Fan, Kuroki Haru, Zeng Jian recognised
  27. Grandmaster leads 8th AFA nominations
    Asian Film Awards Academy established
  28. Zone Pro Site sets TV record in Taiwan
    1.37 million viewers tuned in
  29. Japan B.O. down 0.5% in 2013
    Domestic films take 60.5% market share
  30. Boonie Bears atop China B.O. for second weekend
    Takes record as China's highest grossing animation
  31. Yonosuke tops Blue Ribbon Awards
    Omori Tatsushi named Best Director
  32. Eternal Zero tops 5th week at Japan B.O.
    Small 15% drop from last weekend
  33. Great Passage, Pecoross top Mainichi Award
    Amour named Best Foreign Film
  34. Eiga Geijutsu names Pecoross best film
    Yamada Yoji's Tokyo Family named worst film
  35. Kore-eda, Ishii, Yamada lead Japan awards
    12 nominations each for directors' films
  36. Picture, Grandmaster, Wind Oscars-bound
    2 nominations for Wong Kar-wai's martial arts film
  37. Eternal Zero soars for fourth week at Japan B.O
    Trick finale opens in second place
  38. Pecoross tops Kinema Junpo list
    Amour named Best Foreign Film
  39. Eternal Zero tops Japan's New Year's B.O.
    War movie is number one for three weeks
  40. China B.O. up 27% in 2013
    Domestic films take 59% market share
  41. The Wind Rises tops 2013 Japan B.O.
    Domestic animated films flourish
  42. Police Story 2013 tops China B.O.
    Personal Tailor passes RMB500 million
  43. Eternal Zero claims number one spot in Japan
    Hollywood animations flop at box office
  44. Personal Tailor has record weekend in China
    Opening box office surpasses Lost in Thailand
  45. Gravity fails to ground Lupin-Conan in Japan
    Strong 3-D gross for Gravity
  46. Like Father Like Son, Lunchbox top 56th APFF
    Zhang, Tsai win acting honours once more
  47. Japanese film-makers protest state secrets bill
    Legislation being rushed through Diet this week
  48. White Storm defies Gravity at China B.O.
    Animation Epic fourth-placed
  49. SPEC finale dethrones Kaguya at Japan B.O.
    RED 2 fourth-placed
  50. Ang Lee awarded by Cinemanila
    Lifetime Achievement Award in Manila
  51. Grandmaster leads Asia-Pacific award nominations
    Snowpiercer and Lunchbox also recognised
  52. Great Passage tops 38th Hochi Film Awards
    Shiraishi Kazuya wins Best Director for Devil's Path
  53. Ghibli back on top with Princess Kaguya
    New Japanese animation at 30% of Wind Rises' opening
  54. APSA to host public screenings
    Nominated films to screen to Brisbane audiences
  55. Gravity starves Hunger Games at China B.O.
    Kenneth Bi's Control third-placed
  56. Forever Young release indefinitely postponed
    China distributor cites lack of screenings
  57. Thor wins second weekend at China B.O.
    RED 2 third-placed
  58. Kiyosu Conference tops Japan box office
    Eight out of top ten films domestic
  59. Omar and Japan lead APSA nominations
    Selections from Bangladesh, Jordan, Saudi Arabia
  60. Local films fill China December line-up
    New Feng Xiaogang, Ning Hao, Jackie Chan films
  61. Stalingrad wins China box office battle
    Rigor Mortis top HK film for second weekend
  62. Anime in spotlight at Doha's Ajyal festival
    The Wind Rises to open inaugural Youth Festival
  63. Sunshine Boys to compete in Thessaloniki
    Asian cinema returns to Greek festival competition
  64. APSA seven dwarfed by 230 submissions
    Nominations council starts deliberations in Brisbane
  65. Domestic films lead Japan box office
    Human Trust debuts in fourth place
  66. Paperclip wins Dragons and Tigers in Vancouver
    Kore-eda wins audience award
  67. Location Face-off: Hong Kong, Taiwan, Malaysia
    Experience, incentives and facilities attract shoots
  68. Detective Dee arrests China box office
    Tsui Hark sets National Day holiday record
  69. Back to 1942 represents China at Oscars
    Malaysia and Vietnam absent from full list released by Academy
  70. Like Father, Like Son adopted in Japan
    Apology King second-placed at weekend box office
  71. Dreamworks buys Father remake rights
    Deal initiated by Steven Spielberg after Cannes
  72. Zhang's Lucky Star wins China holiday weekend
    Stolen Years dethrones Zone Pro Site in Taiwan
  73. Ataru dethrones Wind Rises at Japan B.O.
    Miyazaki film exits top spot after 8 weeks
  74. Toronto buyers up 10% in 2013
    Why Don't You Play in Hell? gets audience vote
  75. Retirement news keeps Wind on top of Japan B.O.
    Captain Harlock second-placed
  76. The Great Passage join Oscar race
    Dramedy to represent Japan at Academy Awards
  77. Miyazaki soars in Japan for 7th weekend
    Late-night anime adaptation Anohata a surprise hit
  78. Busan opens with Blessing, closes with Dinner
    Focus on "New Wave" Central Asian Cinema
  79. Miyazaki Hayao's retirement announced
    The Wind Rises to be director's final film
  80. New York Film Festival tours Asian A-listers
    Seven Asian films from Berlin, Cannes, Venice reach US festival
  81. San Sebastián harvests four Pearls from Asia
    Selection of the year's best plucked from Cannes and Venice
  82. Animations dominates 2013 Japan box office
    Les Misérables is top live action film
  83. US studios and China Film Group resolve standoff
    25% revenue share on import films untouched
  84. Miyazaki stays afloat for fourth weekend
    Wind Rises crosses ¥5m; Pacific Rim has disappointing debut
  85. Toronto adds to Asian selection
    World Cinema, Wavelengths and TIFF Kids announced
  86. China, Japan dominate Montreal's Asian lineup
    Festival includes tribute to South Korean cinema
  87. Greengrass and Mitani to open and close Tokyo
    Kuriyama Chiaki appointed "festival muse"
  88. Midnight Madness strikes at three
    A trio of Asian titles selected for Toronto section
  89. Tsai and Miyazaki compete at Venice
    Asian selection weighted with Japanese films
  90. Toronto announces first wave of titles
    N. American premieres of high-profile Asian films
  91. Miyazaki tops Japan box office with Wind
    Studio Ghibli’s latest has best opening of the year
  92. Japanese films in Montreal World Film Festival
    Local media announces titles early
  93. Asian four compete at Locarno's "frontier festival"
    First year under new artistic director focuses on Asian auteurs
  94. Japan's Ravine strong on limited release
    Moscow Film Festival winner sees admissions increase in Tokyo and Osaka
  95. Like Father, Like Son adopts earlier release
    Kore-eda's Cannes' title gets Sep outing; widest release yet for Japanese director
  96. Asian films awarded in Moscow
    Major prizes to Asian nominees from Japan and South Korea
  97. Sin, Son and Silence score Cannes deals
    Asian films achieve key sales; region's buyers also active
  98. Jia, Chen, Kore-eda earn Cannes awards
    Palme d'Or to Tunisia's Blue is the Warmest Colour
  99. Rezo swims into Backwater
    Aoyama sex drama to launch at Cannes
  100. Django unchained for China release
    Iron Man 3 outing now set for National Day
  101. Kore-eda, Miike, Jia join Cannes competition
    Asian films announced in several sections
  102. Django pulled from China screens
    Last-minute decision due to "technical reasons"
  103. Taiwan cinema: north or south?
    Will the island's industry finally embrace China?
  104. Nikkatsu to lead Bollywood in Japan
    Distributor grabs hit quartet, Tiger to get April release
  105. Local films score at BO around Asia
    Journey, Boys, Miracle, Loman, Assassin dominate
  106. Nippon Connection reconnects
    German festival has new venues, new dates
  107. Taipei BO down 5% in 2012
    Local films' market share down from 19% to 12%
  108. Action heroes perform at Taipei box office
    Grandmaster and Machi Action straddle Life of Pi
  109. Berlin keeps it in the Family
    Yamada Yoji and Arvin Chen return to German festival
  110. Werewolf Boy is sleeper hit in Taiwan
    Life of Pi reclaims number one slot
  111. Life of Pi claims 11 Oscar nominations
    Personal triumph for Lee
  112. Oz awards recognise H'wood, France
    AACTA Int'l nominations announced
  113. Lee collects visionary award
    Pi conquers new Asia box office markets
  114. Hong Kong BO up 12% in 2012
    Just one local film in top ten
  115. Hollywood holds Hong Kong holidays
    Three day box office up 4.63% on 2011 numbers
  116. Miike on process, violence and Tarantino
    Japanese director gives Lessons of the Evil in Dubai
  117. 1942 and Pi lead China box office
    Feng's drama is 2012's second biggest local opening
  118. Pi's Asian slice bigger by half
    Chinese data under-reported, BO soars
  119. Dubai foregrounds Asian directors
    Films from Lee, Blair and Feng take key slots
  120. Pi earns $17.5 million in Asia opening
    Ang Lee drama connects in all its home markets
  121. Hanoi festival returns in strength
    Event fetes local renewal, Asia Pacific development
  122. IFFI to open with Life of Pi
    Goa festival celebrates Indian centenary
  123. Tokyo sidesteps China crisis
    Six Asian films in competition; one from Mainland
  124. Asian films return to NYFF
    New York festival opens with Life of Pi
  125. Is India shooting its cinematic Black Swans?
    Taking advantage of events needs to be policy lesson
  126. HAF expands scale and int'l collaboration
    Project market includes documentaries, top name talent
  127. Flowers of War wins opening battle
    Updated: Sector 7 takes record as China's highest grossing South Korean release
  128. Stellar opening for Starry Night in Taipei
    Apple beats Sex as year's highest-grossing Chinese film in HK
  129. Kore-eda script rewarded in San Sebastian
    Local film wins top prize at Spanish event
  130. Yonfan to head Busan jury
    Festival assembles prestige judging team
  131. Beijing festival has early start
    Lost Bladesman and Brest Fortress screen at inauguration event
  132. Quake forces rewrite of Tokyo film
    Yamada delays start of historic film
  133. Poetry and Boonmee head to Beijing festival
    Aronofsky and Minkoff join directors' forum
  134. Yamada sets Tokyo cast
    Ozu tribute finds its feet, Shochiku in exhibition deal
  135. Ghibli announces next animation
    Miyazaki Goro directs from father's script
  136. Yamada revisits Ozu's Tokyo Story
    Contemporary homage marks Yamada's 50th anniversary as a director
  137. Casting updates
    Khan joins Pi, Yeoh joins Besson biopic
  138. Lee brings Pi to Taiwan and India
    Ang Lee to shoot in 3-D
  139. Tokyo Project Gathering Hosts Host Sequel
    Co-production market emphasises Japanese and Korean cinema

Great Passage leads Blue Ribbon nominations

Great Passage leads Blue Ribbon nominations

By Kevin Ma

Mon, 06 January 2014, 09:30 AM (HKT)

Awards News

Organised by seven newspapers in the Tokyo region, the Blue Ribbon Awards ブルーリボン賞 has announced the nominees for its 56th edition.

The Great Passage 舟を編む (2013) leads with six nominations: Best Picture, Best Director (ISHII Yuya 石井裕也), Best Actor (MATSUDA Ryuhei 松田龍平), Best Supporting Actor (Joe ODAGIRI オダギリジョー). KUROKI Haru 黒木華 is nominated as both Best Supporting Actress and Best New Actor.

Family drama Like Father, Like Son そして父になる (2013) is nominated for five awards: Best Picture, Best Director (KORE-EDA Hirokazu 是枝裕和), Best Actor (FUKUYAMA Masaharu 福山雅治), Best Actress (MAKI Yoko 真木よう子) and Best Supporting Actress (ONO Machiko 尾野真千子).

Like Father co-star Lily FRANKY リリー・フランキー is nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for his work in The Devil's Path 凶悪 (2013). The thriller is also nominated for a second Best Supporting Actor award (Pierre TAKI ピエール瀧) and in the Best Director (SHIRAISHI Kazuya 白石和彌) and Best Picture categories.

Joining Kore-eda, Shiraishi and Ishii in the Best Director category are OMORI Tatsushi 大森立嗣, for his films Bozo ぼっちゃん (2012) and The Ravine of Goodbye さよなら渓谷 (2013), and MIYAZAKI Hayao 宮崎駿 and TAKAHATA Isao 高畑勲 for animations The Wind Rises 風立ちぬ (2013) and The Tale of Princess Kaguya かぐや姫の物語 (2013).

A total of 22 films are nominated for Best Picture. In addition to the aforementioned films, the list also includes The Kiyosu Conference 清須会議 (2013), Angel Home くちづけ (2013), Why Don't You Play in Hell? 地獄でなぜ悪い (2013), Tokyo Family 東京家族 (2013), Backwater 共喰い (2013) and A Story of Yonosuke 横道世之介 (2012).

The Best Foreign Film category has a total of 26 nominated films, including Amour (2012), Django Unchained (2012), 3 Idiots थ्री इडीयट्स (2009), Gravity (2013), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and Life of Pi (2012).

The results will be announced on 11 Feb in Tokyo.

Sign up with your email address for our free weekly newsletter: