by Chris MaGee
Ken'ichi Matsuyama expressed surprise and thanked his managers and studio staff as he received the 2nd Annual Asia-Pacific Producers' Network Award at a ceremony held in Tokyo yesterday. Created last year by producers in seven different countries the APN Award honours outstanding performances in East Asian films. Matsuyama was chosen for his role in the Hideo Nakata directed "Death Note" spin-off film "L: Change the World" (watch the extended trailer below) which was a huge success in several Asian markets.
Matsuyama joins Korean actress Jeon Do Yeon who won the first ever APN Award last year for her role in Lee Chang Dong's "Secret Sunshine" for which she also won the Best Actress Award at the 2007 Cannes Film Festival.
Thanks to Tokyograph and Variety Japan for details on this story.