Japanese cinema dominated the third Asian Film Awards, with Tokyo Sonata winning best picture and Hirokazu Koreeda named best director for another family drama, Still Walking.
Riding on the success of its recent best foreign film win at the Oscars, a third Japanese movie, Departures,clinched best actor at the ceremony for Masahiro Motoki, who played anunemployed cellist who learns how to prepare bodies for burial.
China's Zhou Xun was named best actress for her performance in the psychological thriller The Equation of Love and Death.
All three Japanese movies revolve around family relationships. Tokyo Sonata describes the breakdown of a family after the father loses his job; Still Walking follows a family reunion to honor the death of the eldest son; in Departures, Motoki's character comes to terms with the death of his absentee father.
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