Korean Cinema in Competition at Cannes 2022

On April 14, local time, the Cannes Film Festival officially announced their lineup for this year’s event. For the first time in five years, two korean movies have been chosen for compete for the Palme d’Or in the Competition category, while the directorial debut of Lee Jung Jaewith the film “Hunt”, has been invited to the Midnight Screenings Out of Competition section. . The first Korean film in the Competition section is “Decision to Leave“, directed by Park Chan-wookwritten by his collaboration partner Jung Seo Kyung. The mystery film follows detective Hae Joon as he investigates a murder case and becomes increasingly suspicious, but interested in Seo Rae, the victim’s widow. Park Hae Il plays Hae Joon while Tang Wei plays Seo Rae.

The P.D. Park Chan-wook He is known for movies like “old boy«, which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, «Thirst«, which won the Cannes Jury Prize in 2009, «The Handmaiden” Y “Joint Security Area«. ”He has also directed English-language Korean films such as“stoker” and was a producer on the critically acclaimed film “Snowpiercer”. The second movie is broker ”, directed by Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, who has been named in the Competition category a total of five times. The director won the prestigious Palme d’Or in 2018 with «Shoplifters» and in 2013 with “Like Father, Like Son«. Although the director is Japanese, “broker” is considered a Korean film as it is produced by the Korean media company CJ ENM. IU plays a mother who wishes to leave her baby with adoptive parents, while Song Kang Ho and Kang Dong Won They are a pair of “runners”, that is, those who acted as intermediaries between the biological parents and the adoptive ones. While Bae Doona Y Lee Joo Young They are a pair of detectives who tirelessly chase the middlemen.

The film tells the story of the baby boxes, which are set up for people who can no longer support their babies to give them up anonymously. “broker” features a star-studded lineup with Song Kang Ho, Kang Dong Won, Bae Doona, IU Y Lee Jooyoung. Following their performances at the festival, both films will open in Korea on May 6. Finally, the directorial debut film of Lee Jung Jae, “hunt”, has also been invited to the Midnight Screening category. The action film stars the best friend of Lee Jung Jae, Jung Woo Sung . “Hunt” tells the story of two National Intelligence Service (NIS) agents who uncover a shocking truth while on the hunt for the North Korean spymaster. In addition to directing the film, Lee Jung Jae plays agent Park Pyung Ho, while Jung Woo Sung He plays the role of Kim Jung Do, Park Pyung Ho’s colleague and rival. With his debut as guest director at the Cannes Film Festival, Lee Jung Jae commented, “It is a great honor that the first screening of my debut project is taking place in Cannes. I believe that we got today’s results due to the burning passion of the producers and the diligent acting efforts of the actors who put in all their energy. Thank you for all your attention and support.”

The Midnight Screening category features a careful selection of action, thriller, noir, horror or fantasy films that are creative and appealing to audiences. After the screening at the festival, “Hunt” It will premiere sometime this summer. After two years of irregular programming due to the pandemic, the annual Cannes Film Festival will return to its usual ceremony and will open on May 17 next. Good luck to Korean movies!! Credits Soompi

Veronica Troncoso

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