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(News Focus) 4 Korean films expected to go Cannes

2017/03/27 16:20

By Shim Sun-ah, Cho Jae-young

SEOUL, March 27 (Yonhap) -- After Korean filmmaker Hong Sang-soo's latest film "On the Beach at Night Alone" won best actress in this year's Berlin International Film Festival in February, keen attention is being paid to which titles will vie for a slot in Cannes in May.

Last year, director Park Chan-wook's "The Handmaiden" was up for the festival's main competition category but failed to take home an award. "Train to Busan," an action film by director Yeon Sang-ho, and Na Hong-jin's supernatural thriller "The Wailing" were chosen for screening in the Midnight Screening and an out-of-competition section of the festival, respectively.

The following are four new films by Korean directors cited by foreign movie magazines among possible Asian contenders in their recent articles. The 70th edition of the Cannes Film Festival is scheduled to run from May 17 to 28.

"Okja"

  

"Okja" is South Korean director Bong Joon-ho's followup international production to his smash-hit "Snowpiercer."

   Co-written by Bong and Jon Ronson of "Frank," Okja tells the story of a young girl who risks everything to prevent a multinational company from kidnapping her best friend -- a massive animal named Okja.

The new sci-fi film was produced by three Hollywood studios -- Plan B, Lewis Pictures and Kate Street Picture Company -- with US$50 million in investment from U.S. streaming service Netflix.

It stars Hollywood actors Tilda Swinton, Jake Gyllenhaal and Paul Dano as well as Korean actors An Seo-hyun, Byun Hee-bong, Choi Woo-shik and Yoon Je-moon.

Variety, an American entertainment trade magazine, forecast in an article released on Wednesday that the film is "strongly tipped to world premiere as an official selection of the 70th edition of Cannes Film Festival" along with Sofia Coppola's "The Beguiled," Todd Haynes' "Wonderstruck" and John Cameron Mitchell's "How to Talk to Girls at Parties."

   Three of Bong's films -- "The Host" (2006), "Tokyo!" (2008) and "Mother" (2009) -- premiered at Cannes.

This image provided by Neflix shows a scene from "Okja" (Yonhap) This image provided by Neflix shows a scene from "Okja" (Yonhap)

"Claire's Camera"

  

Director Hong Sang-soo filmed "Claire's Camera" when he accompanied his actress-girlfriend Kim Min-hee during her visit to Cannes for "The Handmaiden" last May.

Starring French actress Isabelle Huppert and Kim, the film is about a writer who works as a part-time teacher at a high school.

Hong was invited to Cannes' main competition section three times for "Woman is the Future Of Man" in 2004, "Tale of Cinema" in 2005 and "In Another Country" in 2012.

This photo provided by Jeonwonsa Film shows French actress Isabel Huppert (Yonhap) This photo provided by Jeonwonsa Film shows French actress Isabel Huppert (Yonhap)

"The Battleship Island"

  

The historical action film by Ryoo Seung-wan, best known for "Veteran" (2014), tells the story of about 400 Korean laborers forced to work in Japan's Hashima Island, known in English as Battleship Island, during Japan's colonial occupation of the Korean Peninsula. They risk their lives to escape from the island.

It stars Hwang Jung-min, So Ji-sub, Song Joong-ki and Lee Jung-hyun.

Ryoo received the FIPRESCI Award, a sidebar award from international critics, at the 2005 Cannes Film Festival.

A promotional image of "The Battleship Island" provided by CJ Entertainment (Yonhap) A promotional image of "The Battleship Island" provided by CJ Entertainment (Yonhap)

"Glass Garden"

  

"Glass Garden" is a mystery fantasy starring actress Moon Geun-young. The film's director Shin Su-won won the "Canal+ Prize" for best short film at the 2012 Cannes Film Festival for "Circle Line."

   The film is the story of an oddball bioenergetics researcher who is befriended by a novelist who uncovers the woman's secret while writing a story about her.

This photo provided by Little Big Pictures shows actress Moon Geun-young as Jae-yeon in "Glass Garden" (Yonhap) This photo provided by Little Big Pictures shows actress Moon Geun-young as Jae-yeon in "Glass Garden" (Yonhap)

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