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Shunji Iwai started his career directing short TV movies, barely 45 minutes, in the early 1990s. He is now the recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award at this year’s New York Asian Film Festival (which begins tonight; read Scout Tafoya's preview here). He's the first Japanese director to receive this honor, previously given out to Tsui Hark, Jackie Chan and Ringo Lam in recent years. Besides the award ceremony, the speeches and the fanfare...