‘EGOIST’ Suzuki Ryohei Bags New York Asian Film Festival’s Rising Star Award

Suzuki Ryohei

Japanese Actor Suzuki Ryohei, 40, bagged the Screen International Rising Star award at the 22nd New York Asian Film Festival for his sensitive performance in the gay romance ‘Egoist.’

Suzuki played the role of Kosuke, a gay man who navigates his relationship with his lover, Ryuta (played by Miyazawa Hio), and Ryuta’s single mother.

On receiving the award, Suzuki said in the awarding ceremony on July 15 that it was a “great honor to receive it, especially in New York, a city he loves.”

The Rising Star Award is a prestigious award given to the most promising actors in the world and has been awarded to several Japanese actors in the past like Sousuke Ikematsu, Nana Komatsu, and Tsuyoshi Ayano.

Suzuki also shared that while it is still difficult to come out as a gay person in Japan, society could move forward by making more sexual minority-themed movies

“I hope this movie will have a positive impact on gay people and contribute to the LGBTQ community as much as possible. I also hope it will bring some change to Japanese society and in the US, as well,” Suzuki said in an interview with NHK Japan.

This is not Suzuki’s first recognition as the actor has been in the industry for more than 15 years, having bagged several dramas like ‘Segodon,’ ‘Ship of Theseus,’ and ‘Tokyo MER.’ Suzuki has also starred in films such as ‘Last Of The Wolves,’ which won him a best supporting actor award at last year’s Japanese Academy Awards.

Suzuki’s co-star, Miyazawa, also won the best supporting actor award at the same film festival last year for ‘Egoist.’

The festival will be held from July 14 to July 30 at the Lincoln Center in New York City and will showcase 60 films from around the world.

Congratulations to Suzuki and the ‘EGOIST’ team!

 

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