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Shin Ultraman, Suzume, and More Nominated for Japan Academy Film Prizes

The Japan Academy Film Prize Association held a press conference in Tokyo on Monday, revealing the nominees for various awards for its 46th annual event. The list includes five animation films and some live-action films for different categories.

The 46th Annual Japan Academy Film Prize Awards will be held at the Grand Prince Hotel New Takanawa in Tokyo on March 10. The films are eligible for nomination if they were released in Japan between January 1, 2022, and December 31, 2022.

As per the announcement, five animated films have been selected for the Excellent Animation of the Year award. Here are the nominees:

1. Inu-Oh (Directed by Masaaki Yuasa, Science SARU)

Masaaki Yuasa - INU-OH | Theatrical Trailer
Masaaki Yuasa – INU-OH | Theatrical Trailer

2. Suzume no Tojimari (Directed by Makoto Shinkai, CoMix Wave Films, Story Inc.), also nominated for Outstanding Achievement in Music

Suzume | OFFICIAL TRAILER
Suzume | OFFICIAL TRAILER

3. The First Slam Dunk (Directed by Takehiko Inoue, Toei Animation, Dandelion Animation Studio)

映画『THE FIRST SLAM DUNK』予告【2022.12.3 公開】
Movie “THE FIRST SLAM DUNK” trailer [Released on December 3, 2022]

4. One Piece Film: Red (Directed by Goro Taniguchi, Toei Animation)

ONE PIECE FILM RED | OFFICIAL TRAILER
ONE PIECE FILM RED | OFFICIAL TRAILER

5. Lonely Castle in the Mirror (Directed by Keiichi Hara, A-1 Pictures)

Lonely Castle in the Mirror – trailer | IFFR 2023
Lonely Castle in the Mirror – trailer | IFFR 2023

In addition to this, a few live-action films have also been nominated. Three films have been nominated for multiple categories. Here are their names, along with the categories they are nominated in:

1. Anime Supremacy! (Based on Mizuki Tsujimura’s novel, directed by Kohei Yoshino)

  • Picture of the Year
  • Director of the Year (Kohei Yoshino)
  • Screenplay of the Year (Yosuke Masaike)
  • Rookie of the Year (Karin Ono)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role (Riho Yoshioka)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Tasuku Emoto)
  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Machiko Ono)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Music (Yoshihiro Ike)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Satoshi Kanda)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Soichi Ueno)
ANIME SUPREMACY! | Trailer
ANIME SUPREMACY! | Trailer

2. Shin Ultraman (Based on the classic Ultraman TV Series by Tsuburaya Productions, directed by Shinji Higuchi)

  • Picture of the Year
  • Director of the Year (Shinji Higuchi)
  • Newcomer of the Year (Daiki Arioka)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Osamu Ichikawa / Keizo Suzuki)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Sosuke Yoshikado)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Yuji Hayashida / Eri Sakushima)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Hironobu Tanaka / Yo Yamada)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Film Editing (Yohei Kurihara / Hideaki Anno)
SHIN ULTRAMAN (Official Trailer) - In Cinemas 6 OCTOBER 2022
SHIN ULTRAMAN (Official Trailer) – In Cinemas 6 OCTOBER 2022

3. Kingdom 2: To Far Lands (Film based on the manga by Yasuhisa Hara, directed by Shinsuke Sato)

  • Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role (Nana Seino)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography (Akira Sako)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Lighting Direction (Hiroyuki Kase)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction (Hidetaka Ozawa)
  • Outstanding Achievement in Sound Recording (Kazushiko Yokono)
映画『キングダム2 遥かなる大地へ』スーパーティザーPV【2022年SUMMER 公開】
Movie “Kingdom 2: To the Faraway Land” Super Teaser PV [Released in 2022 SUMMER]

Some other live-action films are also nominated in one category. Here is a list of them:

  • My Boyfriend in Orange – Rookie of the Year (Meru Nukumi)
  • xxxHOLiC – Rookie of the Year (Hokuto Matsumura)
  • Whisper of the Heart – Outstanding Achievement in Music (Yu Takami)

About Suzume no Tojimari

Suzume no Tojimari is an anime film by Makoto Shinkai. It premiered on November 11, 2022. A novel adaptation was released in August 2022, also written by Shinkai.

The film focuses on Suzume, a 17-year-old girl who meets a young man looking for a door. Suzume finds a strange door among the ruins and opens it, but due to it many doors start opening around Japan, causing disasters. Now, Suzume has to close all of them to save Japan.

Source: Official Website

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