Shin Godzilla Wins Big At The 40th Japan Academy Awards!

The 40th Japan Academy Prize


The Japan Academy Prize, also known as the Japan Academy Awards, is the equivalent of the more widely known Oscars in the US. It's been held annually ever since 1978. 

The winners of the 40th Japan Academy Prize were announced on March 3, 2017. Let's take a look at them below. 

Picture of the Year:

 Shin Godzilla

It might seem strange, but this hilarious film about a monster that starts wrecking chaos all over Japan became the highest grossing live-action Japanese film of 2016. It was also the highest grossing Japanese-produced Godzilla film ever! This reboot is the 31st film in the Godzilla franchise. Besides winning the Picture of the Year, it also took home 6 other awards: Director of the Year, Best Art Direction, Best Cinematography, Best Lighting Direction, Best Sound Recording, and Best Film Editing.

Animation of the Year: 

Kono Sekai no Katasumi ni


In This Corner of the World is a beautiful tale about a courageous and strong girl, Suzu Urano, and her life during World War II. It is based on the manga by Fumiyo Kouno. The animated film was written and directed by Sunao Katabuchi.

Director of the Year: 

Anno Hideaki & Higuchi Shinji (Shin Godzilla)


Hideaki Anno is an animator and film director famous for directing Neon Genesis Evangelion and incorporating postmodernism elements in his works.

Shinji Higuchi is a storyboard artist and special effects animator, famous for the Gamera trilogy from the 90s.

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: 

Sato Koichi (64 Rokuyon Zenpen)


The versatile actor starred as Yoshinobu Mikami, a detective in charge of an unsolved murder case. The statue of limitations on the case is about to expire when a similar modern day case occurs.  

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role: 

Miyazawa Rie (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)


The talented actress was awarded for her role in Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai. In it she, she plays the role of a mother who does not have much time left to live, so she decides to do as much as she can for her daughter and the family business before she dies.

Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: 

Tsumabuki Satoshi (Ikari)


The actor stars as a gay man called Yuma Fujita who starts suspecting his lover of being a murderer. 

Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role: 

Sugisaki Hana (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)


The young and talented actress received the award for her portrayal of Azumi, a daughter of a dying woman.

The Newcomer Awards

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Sugisaki Hana (Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai)

Takahata Mitsuki (Evergreen Love)

Hashimoto Kanna (Sailor Fuku to Kikanju: Sotsugyo)

Iwata Takanori (Evergreen Love)

Sakaguchi Kentaro (64 Rokuyon Zenpen)

Sakumoto Takara (Ikari)

Chiba Yudai (Tono, Risoku de Gozaru!)

Mackenyu (Chihayafuru – Kami no Ku – / Chihayafuku – Shimo no Ku -)


  • Best Screenplay: Shinkai Makoto (Kimi no Na wa.)
    Best Art Direction: Hayashida Yuji / Sakujima Kuri (Shin Godzilla)
  • Best Cinematography: Yamada Kosuke (Shin Godzilla)
  • Best Lighting Direction: Kawabe Takayuki (Shin Godzilla)
  • Best Sound Recording: Nakamura Jun / Yamada Yo (Shin Godzilla)
  • Best Film Editing: Anno Hideaki / Sato Atsuki (Shin Godzilla)
  • Best Music Award: RADWIMPS (Kimi no Na wa.)
  • Best Foreign Langauge FilmSully: Miracle on the Hudson / Director: Clint Eastwood

Sources: AramaJapan, Oricon, Japan Academy Prize

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    surfaktan Mar 26, 2017

    "It might seem -- strange --"
    "wrecking chaos -- all over -- Japan"
    Hardly lines
    Also j academy prizes just like it counterpart in us, flaw.

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    Shizuka Mar 19, 2017


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    NewKDramaAddict Mar 8, 2017

    Never laughed so hard than when I watched Shin Godzilla!

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    princessofsummer Mar 8, 2017

    Yes! Spread Jdorama love! Yu o Wakasu Hodo no Atsui Ai sounds so interesting. I hope it gets subbed soon.

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    J-DRAMASROCK Mar 8, 2017

    Thank you for posting! I wanna watch all of them! <3

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    realdeal Mar 7, 2017 - edited

    Most of great films were not subbed sigh. That newcomer award is still a headscracher for me, I don't know how they consider them newbies, they have been in the industry for years and some made names for themselves.

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      Cntrldfusion Mar 23, 2017

      In Korea you are eligible for newcomer awards between the ages of 21 and 25 no matter how much child acting you do. Japan probably has a similar rule.

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    Erica Mar 7, 2017 - edited

    Japan is lined-up on second and third after China and United States, as the high quality film production budget in the world.
    10. Brazil $800m
    9. Spain $900m
    8. Italy $1.01bn
    7. Russia $1.2bn
    6. Germany $1.35bn
    5. India $1.4bn
    4. France & UK $1.7bn
    3. Japan $2.4bn - Close to China (by 3 billion only)
    2. China $2.7bn - Close to Japan (by 3 billion only)
    1. North American $10.8bn.
    The USA is still far ahead of any other Country for now and in no danger of being over taken but they will surely be looking over their shoulder as China continues its march forwards world domination.

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      Max Mar 7, 2017

      I'm surprised by India because I believed it would be higher in your ranking...

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      Ceki Mar 7, 2017

      Yeah me too, I read somewhere that India is #1 because of its Bollywood film production.

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      Juniko Mar 16, 2017

      Bollywood produce a lot of movies but with overall little means (compared to other countries)

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      Shizuka Mar 19, 2017

      Yup, I did some research and it is pretty accurate.

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    Erica Mar 7, 2017

    Japanese drama have been around for over 40 years. Congrats!!
    And I believe most of their film have awards the Oscar in 1980s, 1990s, late 2000s.
    Excellent story/plot and great acting!

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    Dani Mar 7, 2017

    So glad to see Mackenyu recognized!! I'm looking forward to seeing more from him in this year's films~

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    Palani Mar 6, 2017 - edited

    No drama award category ? weird :S

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      Ceki Mar 6, 2017

      This is only for films, that's why it's called the Academy Awards ;)

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      Erica Mar 7, 2017

      Normally they separated it.

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