Actress Bae Doo-na
By Lee Hyo-won
Actress Bae Doo-na will receive the Best Actress Award at Japan's Takasaki Film Festival, her agency, Barunson Entertainment, said Thursday.
The news comes shortly after the announcement last month that she is to be named Best Actress at the Japan Academy Prize in March, for her role in the film ``Air Doll.'' It is the first time a foreign actress will receive the coveted title.
``Air Doll,'' directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, was invited to prestigious film festivals including Cannes and Pusan (Busan) last year, and opened in Japanese theaters in September. It is about a human-sized inflatable doll that begins to feel emotions, and received positive reviews from critics and the general audience alike. It is Bae's second Japanese film project after ``Linda Linda Linda'' in 2006.
Bae will pick up her trophy at the 23rd Takasaki Film Festival on March 28, after claiming her honor at the 33rd Japan Academy Awards on March 5.
``Air Doll'' has also been chosen by the Takasaki event as the recipient of the awards for Best Film, Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor and Actress.
The festival is an annual event that opens in the southern region of Kunma. It features some 70 to 80 local and international films and invites prominent cineastes.