Shim Eun-kyung wins best actress award for ‘The Journalist’ in Japan

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Shim Eun-kyung wins best actress award for ‘The Journalist’ in Japan

Korean actress Shim Eun-kyung has won best actress at Japan’s top film awards for a Japanese film about a young female reporter who delves into a political scandal.

At the 43rd Japan Academy Film Prize Awards ceremony held in Tokyo on Friday, Shim was awarded outstanding performance by an actress for her lead role as a Korean-Japanese reporter in “The Journalist.”

She beat Fumi Nikaido of “Fly Me to the Saitama,” Mayu Matsuoka of “Listen to the Universe,” Rie Miyazawa of “No Longer Human” and Sayuri Yoshinaga of “The Bucket List.”

Shim became the first Korean actor or actress to clinch the honor at the Japanese awards, which launched in 1978.

In 2010, Korean actress Bae Doo-na was nominated in the category for “Air Doll” but did not win.

“I didn’t expect to win this award, so I’m not prepared with a speech. I’m so sorry,” Shim said in Japanese, shedding a tear of joy. “I’ll keep doing my best. Thank you very much.”

Directed by Michihito Fujii, “The Journalist” is the story of a young female reporter with a Japanese father and a Korean mother.

She delves into a political scandal in which many Japanese politicians are involved.

The film took best picture at the awards, while Tori Matsuzaka, who starred as an elite bureaucrat, was named best actor.

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