[Talk of the town]Awards elude Korean film stars at this year’s Cannes Film Festival
So long to the 61th Cannes Film Festival, which ended last Sunday. Koreans didn’t have much reason for celebration this year.
Na Hong-jin, the director of “The Chaser” and one of the 11 candidates for the Camera d’Or (The Golden Camera Award), lost out to Steve McQueen, the director of “Hunger.”
Korean fans had hoped that another prize would follow last year’s award to Jeon Do-yeon for Best Actress in “Secret Sunshine” (2007).
Previous Korean award winners from Cannes also include Im Kwon-taek’s “Strokes of Fire” (2002), which won the Best Director Award, and “Old Boy” (2004), which won the Grand Prix.
However, there are still reasons for hope for the Korean film industry.
Director Kim Jee-woon’s “The Good, the Bad and the Weird,” which screened at the festival’s main venue last weekend, received positive responses from viewers.
The film was set in Manchuria during the Japanese colonial period and is about three Korean outlaws there in the 1930s.
It is based on Sergio Leone’s 1966 film, “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”
The action film stars Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho and Jung Woo-sung.
The updated version of the film will be released in Korea in early July.