The Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award is awarded to a notable film professional or organization who has shown the most outstanding contributions to developing the Asian film industry and culture. The 24th Busan International Film Festival selects Japanese auteur Kore-eda Hirokazu as the recipient of the Asian Filmmaker of the Year Award for his lifetime achievements to promoting and advancing the Asian film industry as a whole. There can be absolutely no doubt of Kore-eda Hirokazu’s influence, impact and advocacy for Asian cinema.
Kore-eda Hirozaku was born in Tokyo, Japan. After graduating from Waseda University where he studied literature, Kore-eda had intended on a career as an author before going into documentary television and later filmmaking. His filmography as director includes his directorial debut Maborosi (1995), Afterlife (1998), Distance (2001), Nobody Knows (2004), Hana (2006), Still Walking (2008), Air Doll (2009), I wish (2011), Like Father, Like Son (2013), Our Little Sister (2015), After the Storm (2016), The Third Murder (2017), and Shoplifters (2018). Kore-eda’s film Shoplifters, a stunning masterpiece drama about family bonds, won the Palme d'Or – the highest prize – at the 71st Cannes Film Festival in 2018. Kore-eda’s new film The Truth (2019), his first feature shot outside Japan with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke, has been selected to open the Official Competition of the 76th Venice Film Festival, drawing attention from cinephiles and moviegoers all around world.