3 Korean Movies at Cannes
Korea’s has enjoyed good representation at the Cannes Film Festival for the past few years, and this year is no different. Two films, The Housemaid and Poetry, have been selected for the Palme d’Or and HaHaHa has been selected for the Prix Un Certain Regard.
I’m especially looking forward to The Housemaid by Im Sang Soo, a remake of the Kim Ki Young 1960 film. The 2010 version stars Jeon Do Yeon as the housemaid, Lee Jung Jae as the husband, Seo Woo as the wife, and Yoon Yeo Jung as the family housekeeper. I’ve talked about the film previously on the site, here and here.
The second film selected for the Golden Palm is Poetry, a story about a grandmother who discovers the world of poetry while raising her grandson. The film stars 60’s movie star Yoon Jung Hee and is directed by Lee Chang Dong of Secret Sunshine (which won Jeon Do Yeon the Best Actress Award at Cannes.)
And finally, HaHaHa, directed by Hong Sang Soo (Woman is the Future of Man), intertwines characters and stories by placing them in different locations. The film sounds kind of interesting and has a pretty good list of stars: Kim Sang Kyung, Yoo Joon Sang, Moon So Ri, Ye Ji Won, Kim Kang Woo, Yoon Yeo Jung, and Kim Kyu Ri.
It’s nice to see Korean films being recognized on the international front. But… does anyone else think it’s weird that Poetry and The Housemaid have such similar posters?