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Korean War Film Selected as Korea's Academy Award Contribution

2004/10/04 Source

The Korean War movie "Taegukgi : The Brotherhood of War", directed by Kang Je-gyu, has been selected as Korea's contribution for the 77th U.S. Academy Awards.
The Korean Film Council (KOFIC) held a press conference at the Ilmin Museum of Art in Gwanghwamun on Monday in which it announced that Kang's film had been selected as its Academy Award contribution.

About the selection controversy, the KOFIC said the academy had said the opening of Kim Ki-duk's "3-Iron" appeared to have been in line with Academy regulations, but ultimately, this was a question for Korea to decide. Having gotten that answer, the KOFIC judged the film's regular opening as Oct. 15, stripping the film of its Academy eligibility.

It added, however, that "3-Iron" would be eligible next year. Meanwhile, concerning the belated acceptance of an application from "Oldboy", the KOFIC said Saturday morning that, "Because the reception period had already passed, I think we should avoid a controversy over the selection.

Each nation of the world can submit one film for the Academy's Foreign Film Award, and in Korea, it's the KOFIC that has the right to judge which one goes.

Up till now, however, no Korean film had been selected as a nominee. It will be decided in late January whether "Taegukgi", which was eventually chosen as the Korean nominee after this rather noisy process, will be a candidate for Best Foreign Film of 77th Academy Awards.

Nevertheless, with the KOFIC claiming that "3-Iron" hadn't really opened in Korea, despite the Academy's judgment that it had, controversy is expected.

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