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'Mother' named best foreign picture in Japan

All Headlines 09:43 December 30, 2009

SEOUL, Dec. 30 (Yonhap) -- South Korean thriller "Mother" was selected best foreign picture by the 22nd Nikkan Sports Film Awards in Japan, the film's Japanese distributor said Wednesday.

"Mother," the fourth feature by director Bong Joon-ho, won best foreign picture award along with "Dear Doctor," which was named the best movie of the year by the Japanese film contest, said Bitters End.

"This award is very meaningful as the first honor in Japan," said Yuji Sadai, head of the Japanese distributor.

The Nikkan Sports Film Award was established in 1988 by Nikkan Sports, one of Japan's largest sports newspapers.

"Mother," revolving around a murder case and obsessive maternal love, was invited to this year's Cannes Film Festival and received four local best picture awards.

Sold to 12 countries including Japan, the film will be released throughout Asia and Europe early next year.

hayney@yna.co.kr
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