Nomination Details

Ceremony Year 2009
Nomination category

Nomination Detail

Winner, Best Performance By An Actor, 2009

Born in 1965, Masahiro Motoki’s acting debut was in the 1981 television drama series, Ninen B Gumi Senpachi Sensei and his feature film debut came in 1989 with Hideo Gosha’s 226, for which he received Japanese Academy Prize for Newcomer of the Year. He starred in Masayuki Suo’s Sumo Do, Sumo Don’t for which he received the 1993 Japanese Academy Prize for Outstanding Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role. Considered one of the leading actors in Japan, Motoki has worked alongside notable directors including Takashi Ishii in Gonin (1995), Takashi Miike in The Bird People of China (1998), Shinya Tsukamoto in Gemini (1999), and Masahiro Shinoda in Spy Sorge (2003). The original concept for Departures was developed by Motoki after he read a book based on the diaries of a man specialising in the ritual of encoffinment.


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