On Friday night, director Isao Yukisada’s latest movie, “Parade,” received the Prize of the FIPRESCI Jury, one of the independent jury prizes at the Berlin International Film Festival.
This is the second year in a row that a Japanese film received the award. Last year, Sion Sono’s “Ai no Mukidashi” (“Love Exposure”) was given the same prize, plus another independent jury prize.
“Parade” is based on a novel by Shuichi Yoshida about a group of young adults who live together. The movie features Tatsuya Fujiwara (27), Karina (25), Shihori Kanjiya (24), Kento Hayashi (19), and Keisuke Koide (26).
The award came just in time for the movie’s opening in Japan this weekend. It also coincides with two of the stars’ birthdays – Koide turned 26 on Saturday, while Karina is turning 26 on Sunday.