Japan Academy Awards 2014 Results

The 37th Japan Academy Prize results were announced on Friday and two films, Like Father, Like Son and The Great Passage, dominated the proceedings.

37th Japanese Academy Awards

The Great Passage, the film about the making of a dictionary which turned out to be a lot more funnier than anticipate, allowed the cast and staff to win the prizes for best picture, best director (Yuya Ishii), best screenplay (Kensaku Watanabe), best art and editing and for best actor (Ryuhei Matsuda).

The Great Passage Kaguya and Majime

The emotionally powerful Like Father, Like Son scooped up the awards of supporting actress (Yoko Maki) and supporting actor (Lily Franky).

Further good news for Yoko Maki came when she won the award for best actress for performance in The Ravine of Goodbye.


Best cinematography went to the Japanese adaptation of Unforgiven.

Hayao Miyazaki’s latest (and supposedly last) film, The Wind Rises, won in the animation category, beating Captain Harlock and the latest Madoka film. The film’s soundtrack composer, Joe Hisaishi, took the award for best soundtrack although he would have had a hard time losing since he was nominated for three films this year – Tokyo Family, The Wind Rises, and Princess Kaguya.

Nagisa Oshima and Isao Natsuyagi were awarded posthumous Chairperson’s Special Awards for lifetime achievement.

Les Miserables took the award for best foreign film.

This is the first year I have seen nearly all of the films nominated and I have to say that the results are pretty spot on for what I regard as the best films. Ryuhei Matsuda was fantastic in the lead for The Great Passage and Yoko Maki stole my attention in the films she starred in. It’s great to see Yuya Ishii win a big award but I felt that Kore-eda’s direction was slightly better. Of course, Why Don’t You Play in Hell? should have won everything but wasn’t nominated because it’s too much for some people to handle…

To get a full list of winners, head over to the official site. Congratulations to all involved.

Here are posters for the nominated films!

We Knit Ship Film Poster

Like Father Like Son Cannes Poster


Kaze Tachi Nu Film Poster

The Ravine of Goodbye Film Poster

Madoka Magica the Movie Rebellion Film Poster

Space Pirate Captain Harlock Film Poster

The Story of Princess Kaguya Film Poster

Lupin III vs Detective Conan Film Poster


Tokyo Family Film Poster

The Kiyosu Conference Film Poster

The Devil's Path Film Poster

Ask This of Rikyu Film Poster


Unforgiven Japanese Film Poster

A Tale of Samurai Cooking Film Poster


Phone Call to the Bar 2 Film Poster

A Boy Called H Film Poster

5 thoughts on “Japan Academy Awards 2014 Results

    1. Brace yourself for a tough ride with The Ravine of Goodbye. It’s uncomfortable. Full of searing scenes and excellent performances. Yoko Maki deserved the win.

      I look forward to your review. I found writing my review hard because to reveal anything is to spoil it for viewers.

      1. Thanks for the heads up. I thought it was going to be another one of those bucolic slice-of-life dramas the Japanese do so well. :-\

  1. HS

    “Les Miserables took the award for best foreign film.” I think this may be the single most depressing sentence I have ever read in all my life. 😦

    1. Ha ha 🙂

      Yeah, it beat Gravity and Captain Phillips which boggles my mind because they were really good…

      I haven’t seen Les Miserables but I think our taste might be similar so I’ll avoid it if that’s your reaction!

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