Kurosawa Wins Best Director Award In Venice

Kurosawa wins best director award in Venice

Japanese director Kurosawa Kiyoshi has won the Silver Lion for best director at the 77th Venice Film Festival.

Kurosawa's movie "Wife of a Spy" is set in 1940, before the outbreak of the Pacific War. It's about the wife of a man who discovers a state secret and is accused of being a traitor.

The Venice Film Festival is one of the world's three most prestigious cinema events. A video message from Kurosawa was played for the people in attendance after the prize was announced.

Kurosawa said, "I am very surprised. The feeling of joy I am experiencing cannot be expressed in words. I never dreamed that I would receive such a wonderful present at my age. I am really happy that I have been making films for such a long time."

Kurosawa is the first Japanese director to win the Silver Lion in 17 years. Kitano Takeshi received the honor in 2003 for his movie "Zatoichi."