Multiple medals at the NY Festivals
The 2014 New York Festivals Television & Film Awards took place at the annual NAB Show in Las Vegas on April 8th, 2014. We are pleased to share the news regarding Fuji TV’s programs and feature films that earned several medals at this prestigious competition.
With entries from 50 countries, this year’s New York Festivals presented a strong competition, and we are highly honored to receive so many awards at one time which is a remarkable accomplishment to us.
Gold World Medal
The Nonfiction: Death Scene Cleaner Gets Married
Atsushi Takaesu is a specialist who cleans scenes of unattended deaths. He started his company ten years ago, and has since cleaned over 2,000 death scenes. Working face to face with loneliness, he had come to believe in “not having a family of his own.” However, as he continues cleaning, catching glimpses of the life and sorrows of the deceased at each death scene, his views on life gradually begin to change. He realizes that what the death scenes were showing him was not “despair” that comes out of loneliness, but “hope” that is necessary to live this life.
Silver World Medal
- Current Affairs-
For Tomorrow and Beyond: Passing on Memories of the Tsunami
The program closely analyzed the tsunami that struck Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture, which suffered the greatest amount of casualties from the Great East Japan Earthquake. Two years since the tsunami, here is a message from the media to the future generations to think in earnest about what is necessary to be prepared for disasters.
Silver World Medal
- Feature Films-
The Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami stroked on March 11, 2011. It caused untold damage and destruction along the northeastern Sanriku coastline. Many bodies start to be discovered among the rubble. With each passing day, the body count mounted. What were the thoughts and feelings of disaster survivors at these mortuaries as they interacted with the dead and the bereaved? To all the people of Kamaishi who provided support to the bereaved families; who worked tirelessly to preserve the dignity of the deceased, a deep debt of gratitude is owed. And it is important that this be known to as many people as possible so that the lessons learned and the examples shown can remain and be passed on to succeeding generations.
Silver World Medal
- Documentarie -
The God of Ramen
Everyday people queue for over two hours for a bowl of ramen. What’s the celebrated chef’s secret ingredient?
There is no secret ingredient. In fact, as most fans of Taishoken believe, it’s the charisma of owner Kazuo Yamagishi that attracted people from all around Japan to his modest shop. His personality and love for his craft, combined with a precise mélange of flavours, combined to create perfection in each ramen bowl. This heart-warming documentary is not just for noodle fans, but for anyone who loves to be inspired by passionate people.
Modern marriage is complex, especially for young couples in their thirties. With divorce and reconciliation dancing on the landscape of two couples’ relationships, they bounce around their daily lives trying to understand and deal with one another. The program offers a comedic perspective of universal absurdities in matrimony while asking what marriage, couples, and families truly are.
The Nonfiction: Over the Clouds-The Journey of Little Survivors
An 11-year-old boy was swept up in the tsunami, but miraculously survived. He lost three family members and most of his classmates. He began taking photographs that reflected his feelings. After two-and-a-half years, he opens up for the first time about his feelings toward the loved ones he lost. A 12-year-old girl was forced to evacuate from her hometown due to the nuclear accident. She moved eight times and was torn apart from her friends. During a brief visit to her hometown, she faces a harsh reality and must make an important decision. An 8-year-old boy lost his entire family and has since refused to talk about them. His new life with his aunt was rocky at times, but their relationship gradually witnesses a change, and he opens up to her one day.
Since 2011, the program followed three children as they struggled with the unbearable tragedy, but managed to gradually come to terms with the overwhelming sadness that resides in their hearts.