【13th Asian Film Awards】 Shoplifters wins Best Film Award and Best Original Music, Koji Yakusho wins Best Actor, Shinya Tsukamoto wins Best Editing

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The 13th annual Asian Film Awards (AFA) ceremony was held at TVB City in Hong Kong by the Asian Film Awards Academy (AFAA), consisting of three major international film festivals in Asia: the Tokyo International Film Festival (TIFF), the Busan International Film Festival and the Hong Kong International Film Festival on March 17.

Shinya TSUKAMOTO won the 13th AFA Best Editing Award for Killing, and expressed his happiness and gratitude from the stage. Haruomi HOSONO won the Best Original Music Award for his music for Shoplifters, and Koji YAKUSHO won the Best Actor Award for The Blood of Wolves.
The Best Film Award was given to Shoplifters, directed by KORE-EDA Hirokazu, and all the nominees of the film came up on stage and expressed their happiness.

KORE-EDA Hirokazu's speech for the Best Film Award:
"Thank you. AFA's award ceremony is more about reuniting and deepening relationships with respected Asian filmmakers than the award results. But it's also nice to receive the award.

I was remembering that I attended AFA for the first time with Kirin Kiki, who passed away last September. I will inform this great news to our staff and cast who couldn't come to the ceremony, including Ms. Kirin, when I get home and visit her grave. I hope that they will be happy. And I would also thank to everyone on my team and share this award."

Koji YAKUSHO's speech for the Excellence in Asian Cinema Award:
This is a great honor. I am actually not comfortable with this kind of gorgeous venue. I’d rather disappear into the crowd. But I told myself to accept this since I'm an old guy now. Maybe I have this backwards, but I'm going to work hard to be the level of actor who deserves this award. I sincerely thank the Asian Film Awards for giving me this motivation.

Shinya TSUKAMOTO's speech for the Best Editing Award:
I'm really surprised. I have been working on editing for a long time, and it is the least fun part of the film, but I'm never sure when it will be over, so it was very challenging this time again. Actually, Chu Ishikawa, with whom I've collaborated to make the soundtrack music together for 30 years, passed away before the editing of this film.

I listened to all the songs that Mr. Ishikawa had made until then, edited them, and also used the music that was in Mr. Ishikawa's writing room to fill in the missing parts. Mr. Ishikawa didn't see this film, but he did make its music. I remember that I was able to interact quietly with him during the long editing period. Thank you very much.

Koji YAKUSHO's speech for the Best Actor Award:
I really hadn't thought about winning th is award. AFA is giving me this award to make me think how lucky I am, and I feel like I have used up all the luck in my life to win this award. It is very scary and alarming.

Talking about the production crew of The Blood of Wolves, I think they will also feel very surprised, but they will feel happy for me. I'm very lucky and happy to win this award. This award will arouse more interest in The Blood of Wolves. I think more people will go to see it. I will be happy if there are expanded audiences for our film. Thank you.

Haruomi HOSONO's speech for the Best Original Music Award:
Thank you very much. It is very surprising, and it is my pleasure to be here. The music of Shoplifters is very limited and simple, but they (AFA) found me. It's lucky for me. I will work so hard. Thank you.