Strong Asian contenders for Cannes Palme d’Or
There are several serious Asian contenders for the Palme d’Or prize at this years Cannnes Film Festival.
Takeshi Kitano (finally!) returns to films about yakuza with Outrage, which he directs and stars in. China’s Wang Xiaoshuai directs Chongqing Blues, which tells of a sea captain who returns to the titular city when his son is killed. Thailand’s Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film Lung Boonmee Raluek Chat (Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives) tells of a dying man who decides to spend his final days with his family; and there are two films from South Korea: The Housemaid, based on 1960 movie of the same name, directed Im Sang-soo; and Poetry, directed by Lee Chang-dong who was nominated for the Palme d’Or for 2007′s Milyang.