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Song Kang Ho becomes first Korean man to win Best Actor award at Cannes Film Festival

CANNES
  • Song Kang Ho won the Best Actor award at Cannes’ 75th film festival this weekend, becoming the first South Korean male actor to do so.
  • Song played an illegal baby broker and starred alongside K-pop singer IU (Lee Jieun) in her Cannes debut in the film “Broker,” the first Korean-language film by Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda.
  • This is Song’s seventh time at the film festival, and he previously made history as the first Korean male to serve on the festival’s jury last year.
  • Additionally, South Korean director Park Chan Wook won his first Best Director award at the festival this year for “Decision to Leave.”

Song Kang Ho won the Best Actor award at the 75th Cannes film festival over the weekend for his role in “Broker,” making it his first Cannes win and making him the first South Korean male actor to take home the prize.

While it is his first Cannes win, Song is no stranger to the film festival, with this being his seventh attendance. He also became the first South Korean male actor to serve on the Cannes jury for last year’s festival. “Parasite,” in which Song starred as the lead, was the first Korean film to win Cannes’ most coveted honor, the Palme d’Or in 2019. 

IU makes Cannes debut with ‘Broker,’ featuring ‘Parasite’ star Song Kang-ho

  • IU is making her Cannes debut with Hirokazu Kore-eda’s first ever Korean-language film “Broker.”
  • Her co-stars include Song Kang-ho (“Parasite”), Gang Dong-won (“Temptation of the Wolves”) and Bae Doona (“The Silent Sea”). 
  • “Broker” centers around black market brokers Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) and Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won) who find adoptive parents for children abandoned by their birth parents in “baby boxes.” Things take a turn when IU’s character leaves her child, only to return and join the brokers on their search. 
  • Director Kore-eda previously won the Palme d’Or for his earlier film “Shoplifters.”
  • “Broker” is slated for its world premiere in competition at Cannes on Thursday and will release in theaters in South Korea on June 8th. 

IU is making her debut at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival with her latest role in “Broker.”

The K-pop soloist, whose real name is Lee Ji-eun, has appeared in several Korean dramas over the years since her breakout role in the 2011 hit “Dream High.” “Broker” will be her second film role following last year’s “Shades of the Heart.”

Japanese film that imagines killing seniors as solution to aging population problem breaks Cannes

PLAN 75
  • “Plan 75,” written and directed by Chie Hayakawa, unfolds in an alternate Japan in which citizens aged 75 and above are given the option — and are strongly encouraged — to be euthanized for free.
  • An aging population is currently one of Japan’s most pressing social issues projected to get worse in the coming years.
  • Hayakawa was inspired to work on the film after the Sagamihara stabbings of 2016, in which a 26-year-old man went on a stabbing spree at a care facility for the disabled, killing 19 and injuring 26 others.
  • The emerging filmmaker said “Plan 75” appears friendly and pragmatic on the surface, but it is in fact “cruel and shameful.”

A Japanese film has reportedly devastated audiences at the Cannes Film Festival with its poetic imagining of a dystopian solution to Japan’s aging population.

“Plan 75,” written and directed by Chie Hayakawa, unfolds in an alternate Japan in which citizens aged 75 and above are given the option — and are strongly encouraged — to be euthanized for free.

Lee Jung-jae makes directorial debut at Cannes with provocative political thriller ‘Hunt’

  • Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed political thriller that will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 
  • “Hunt,” which is set in South Korea in the 1980s, follows Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service who works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country. 
  • “I thought that a film that deals with a time when information was strictly controlled by a few powerful people would provide an opportunity for viewers to reflect on our current times,” Lee said. 
  • Coming hot on the heels of the global success of “Squid Game,” Lee added that the rising popularity of Korean films is “a very good opportunity for Korean people to converse with the global community.”

Lee Jung-jae is making his directorial debut with “Hunt,” an action-packed thriller that is premiering at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday. 

The film carries the same dark political themes as “Squid Game,” the Netflix sensation that launched Lee into the international limelight last year. In “Hunt,” Lee’s character, a spy for the Korean National Intelligence Service, works alongside another agent to find a mole within their agency — only to unearth the disturbing secrets rooted in their country. 

Acclaimed South Korean Director of ‘Okja’ Releases Stunning Trailer for New Film ‘Parasite’

After a successful run at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, receiving widespread critical acclaim and winning South Korea’s first-ever Palme d’Or award, “Parasite” is now ready for its global theatrical release.

Set for a North American release of October 11, the highly acclaimed black comedy-thriller from filmmaker Bong Joon-ho (“Snowpiercer”, ”Okja”) just released its chilling first trailer.