SHOTA SOMETANI

Japanese actor Shota Sometani is the recipient of 2015 Screen International Rising Star Award. This marks the second year of a partnership with Screen International, with whom the NYAFF honors an emerging talent in the East Asian film world. At age 22, Sometani is already a leading man in both blockbusters and indie gems and has earned critical ac- claim on the international film festival circuit. In 2010, he delivered an impressive performance as a compulsive liar in Natsuki Seta’s A Liar And A Broken Girl, a twisted blend of teen romance and bloodshed. In 2011, he received the Marcello Mastroianni Award for Best New Young Actor at the Venice Film Festival for his performance in Sion Sono’s Himizu, along with his co-star Fumi Nikaido (last year’s recipient of the Screen International Rising Star Award). NYAFF audience already know Sometani from the Pacific War epic Eternal Zero (2013). His recent roles are in Ryuichi Hiroki’s ensemble drama Kabukicho Love Hotel (2014) and Sion Sono’s hip-hop musical Tokyo Tribe (2014), both of which will be screened at this year’s NYAFF.

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