Asia Beat: Udine Awards, New Sono Sion, Tsui Hark, THE FATAL ENCOUNTER And More

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The 16th Far East Film Festival in Udine, Italy announced the winners of its audience awards over the weekend, and Yamazaki Takashi's The Eternal Zero took home the coveted Golden Mulberry. Okada Junichi heads a first rate cast in this big budget period spectacular about a family learning the truth about the grandfather the never knew they had, a Zero fighter flying ace in World War II. The film has been hugely controversial, yet also incredibly successful in its native Japan, and clearly won over the crowds in Italy.

Other winners on the night include South Korean legal drama The Attorney, which claimed both the Silver Mulberry and the special Black Mulberry (voted for by Black Dragon pass holders), while Filipino melodrama Barber's Tale won the Bronze Mulberry. The MYmovies web jury awarded Japanese comedy Thermae Romae II, while Fortissimo Films president Michael Lerner was decorated with the Golden Mulberry Lifetime Acheivement Award.

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