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Korean Films Strike Cannes

2004/05/11 Source

Will Korean movies strike the 2004 Cannes Film Festival with a new wave?
Opening the festival with Pedro Almodovar's "Bad Education" on Wednesday, the event announces this year's award winning films and directors at its close on May 23. A distinguishing fact of this year's 57th Cannes Film Festival is the strong presence that Asian movies have.

Among the 18 competitive films, 6 are from Asian countries. Among the Asian countries such as Japan, China and Thailand that reached the competitions, Korea has been given extra spotlight for two pieces that were entered into the competition, Hong Sang-soo's "Woman is the Future of Man" and Park Chan-wook's "Old Boy".

"Sword in the Moon" directed by Kim Eui-suk will be shown in the festival's "Un Certain Regard" section. Internationally recognized director Im Kwon-taek has already received a director's award for "Chihwaseon", but this year many young Korean directors were invited to Cannes. This is regarded as an opportunity for Korean films to enter the international stage.

"2046" directed by Wong Kar-wai and "Nobody Knows" directed by Kore-eda Hirokazu are also remarkable Asian movies.

Many star directors' movies such as "Life is a Miracle", directed by Emir Kusturica, "The Motorcycle", directed by Walter Salles and "The Ladykillers", directed by Ethanand Joel Coen, were included in the competition.

Great directors' such as Jean-Luc Godard and Zhang Yimou's films will be featured out of competition as well.

The jury of this year's festival, who are expected to provide a turning point for Cannes, includes Quentin Tarantino, the director of "Kill Bill Vol. 2". Tarantino presents a splendid return to Cannes, exactly 10 years since he surprised the world with "Pulp Fiction".

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