Park Chan-wook, Koreeda's Korean Films to Compete at Cannes Festival

  • By Kim Sung-hyun

    April 15, 2022 10:36

    Two Korean films have been invited to the competition section of this year's Cannes Film Festival, which announced its official selections on Thursday. The festival will run from May 17 through 28.

    Director Park Chan-wook's new film "Decision to Leave" and Japanese director Hirokazu Koreeda's Korean-backed movie "Broker" are among 18 films that will compete for the top prize.

    Park Chan-wook (left) and Hirokazu Koreeda

    "Decision to Leave," starring Park Hae-il and Chinese actress Tang Wei, revolves around a police detective and the wife of the victim of a murder he investigates.

    "Broker" portrays the unexpected journey of those whose lives are linked through a "baby box," where mothers who feel unable to raise a child can drop off their babies anonymously for adoption. It boasts a star-studded cast including Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won, Bae Doo-na and IU.

    Both Park and Koreeda have won multiple awards at the French film festival.

    Park won the Grand Prix for "Oldboy" in 2004 and the Jury Prize for "Thirst" in 2009, while "The Handmaiden" was invited to the competition section in 2016.

    Koreeda won the Jury Prize for "Like Father, Like Son" in 2013 and the Palme d'Or for "Shoplifters" in 2018.

    Park said, "It is great news for the entire cast and crew of 'Decision to Leave.' I will watch as many films as possible and give standing ovations longer than anyone else."

    Lee Jung-jae, who shot to global fame starring in Netflix's hit Korean series "Squid Game," will also be at Cannes, as his directorial debut "Hunt" has been invited to the Midnight Screenings. He also plays the lead role in the film alongside his close friend Jung Woo-sung.

    "I'm really honored to have the premiere of my directorial debut at Cannes," Lee said. 

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