Three Korean films to screen at Cannes

English poster for “Broker” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (CJ ENM)

English poster for “Broker” directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda (CJ ENM)

The Cannes Film Festival, one of the world’s most renowned film festivals, announced on Thursday its official selection list for this year, which includes three Korean films: “Decision to Leave” directed by Park Chan-wook, ” Broker”, directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda. and “Squid Game” star Lee Jung-jae’s directorial debut “Hunt.”

Park and Kore-eda’s films were invited to the main competition category of the festival. A total of 18 contenders were included in this category on Thursday.

“At Cannes this year, I’m going to see as many movies as I can. I am also ready to give a standing ovation longer than anyone,” Park said in a statement.

Park’s new movie centers on a polite and honest police officer named Hye-jun (Park Hye-il). Hye-jun investigates a suspicious death that occurred on a mountain and comes to suspect the dead man’s wife, the mysterious Seo-rae (Tang Wei). At the same time, Hye-jun is attracted to her.

The screenplay for “Decision to Leave” was co-written with Jeong Seo-kyeong, with whom Park has worked on multiple films, including “I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK” (2006), “Thirst” (2009), and “The maiden” (2016).

“Broker” is Kore-eda’s first Korean film. The Japanese director, who won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters,” wrote and directed the new Korean film and worked with CJ ENM, the entertainment unit of South Korean conglomerate CJ Group, which financed and produced the project.

It features famous Korean actors including Song Kang-ho, Bae Doo-na, Gang Dong-won, and IU.

“Parasite” star Song and “Oldboy” director Park, who worked together on “Thirst” in 2009, will compete against each other this year.

At the time, Park’s film “Thirst” won the Prix du Jury award at Cannes that year.

Korean director Park also received the Grand Prize, the festival’s second highest award, for his thriller “Old Boy” in 2004.

Bong Joon-ho’s “Parasite” starring Song won the top honor at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival.

Both Park and Kore-eda’s films will hit local theaters in June.

Actor-turned-filmmaker Lee’s spy thriller “Hunt,” starring Korean heartthrob Jung Woo-sung, was invited to screen at Midnight Screening, a non-competitive section of the festival. Lee also appears in the film as one of the lead actors.

Set in the 1980s, elite agent Park Pyung-ho (Lee) works at the National Security Planning Agency and is tasked with hunting down a North Korean spy. As he does so, he becomes increasingly aware of the dark truths of his own country.

Korean poster for “Decision to Leave” directed by Park Chan-wook (CJ ENM)

Korean poster for “Decision to Leave” directed by Park Chan-wook (CJ ENM)

“It is a great honor that my first feature film as a director is screening at Cannes,” Lee said in a statement.

Lee participated in the 2010 film festival, in connection with her appearance in “The Housemaid”.

The 75th Cannes Film Festival will take place from May 17 to 28.

By Song Seunghyunssh@heraldcorp.com)

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