The Picture of the year is "Shizumanu Taiyou" 沈まぬ太陽. It was made that based on same title's novel by Toyoko Yamasaki 山崎豊子. Toyoko Yamasaki is well- known novelist in Japan.
I want to introduce Japanese actors were awarded this time.The best male actor is Ken Watanabe in "Shizumanu Taiyou". If you saw Hollywood movie, "Last Samurai" , you will remember him. He is very talented actor. The best female actor is Takako Matsu 松 たか子 in Villon's Wife" I like her performance and she is very popular and one of beautiful Japanese female actor.
The best male and female actor in supporting role is Teruyuki Kagawa 香川照之 in "Tsurugidake" 剣岳 and Kimiko Yo 余 貴美子 in "Dear Doctor". She appears in "Departure" おくりびと that were awarded best foreigh film in Academy award last year. I think they are essential actors in Japanese films. They can play any roles.
When you want to see Japanese film and if they appear in the films that you pick up, they must be good Japanese films.