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KOFIC selects "Crossing" for Oscar submission

2008/08/11 Source

The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) announced the selection of Kim Tae-gyoon's "Crossing" as the Korean submission to the 81st Academy Awards (Oscars) for the Best Foreign Film section.

The KOFIC committee in charge of the selection motivated their decision by saying that they believe that the human drama "Crossing" is the best contender in the light of the academy's preferences based on previous Best Foreign Film winners.

The committee members came to their decision after considering both the content in line with expected Academy tastes and the potential for a successful commercial U.S. release of the shortlisted films.

"Crossing" was shortlisted along with KIM Jee-woon's Korean style western The Good, the Bad, the Weird, the sports drama Forever the Moment by Yim Soon-rye, the Vietnam drama Sunny by the hands of Lee Joon-ik, and Na Hong-jin's social thriller The Chaser.

"Crossing" tells the story of a North Korean father and son who individually cross over into China. Cha In-pyo plays the father who enters China in search of medication for his ill wife. His son starts to search for his father after he doesn't return in time.

This film will feature at the 27th Vancouver International Film Festival. It also enjoyed a July screening at the European Union Parliament in Brussels.

Kim Tae-gyoon is well- known for the high school martial arts comedy Volcano High. His latest project will be the Japanese project Higanjima, an adaptation of a manga.

Yi Ch'ang-ho (KOFIC)

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