With the announcement of the invitation to the 75th Cannes Film Festival, two Korean films have been invited to the competition sector, drawing attention.

A total of 18 films were invited to the Cannes Film Festival this year. While a large number of new films by American and European directors were invited, two Asian films were invited. Director Park Chan-wook's "Resolution to Break Up" and director Koreeda Hirokazu's "Broker" are the lucky stars.

What's interesting is that "Broker," directed by Hirokazu Koreeda, a master of the Japanese film industry, is a Korean film. The expression "Korean film" may feel unfamiliar because it was made by a Japanese director, but it is the subject of investment, production, and distribution that determines the nationality of the film.

Hirokazu Koreeda, a Japanese, was in charge of directing, but investment, distribution, and production were all made in Korea. "Broker" was produced by a movie company's house and invested and distributed by CJ Entertainment. The main characters were Song Kang-ho, Kang Dong-won, and Bae Doo-na, while Hong Kyung-pyo was in charge of filming, Lee Mok-won for art, and Jung Jae-il for music.

Koreeda Hirokazu is a world-class film master representing Japan. He made his debut in 1995 with the film "The Light of Fantasy" and gained worldwide attention through his 2004 film "Nobody Knows."

He was invited to the Cannes Film Festival eight times. Among them, six of them have entered the competition categories, including the 2001 film "Distance," the 2004 film "Nobody Knows," the 2013 film "Becoming a Father," the 2015 film "Sea Village Diary," the 2018 film "A Family" and the 2022 broker. Among them, "A Family" won the Palme d'Or, the Grand Prix of the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

After winning the Palme d'Or, the movie stage has been expanded overseas. The movie "Truth about Fabianne" (2019), released after "A Family," was made in collaboration with French actors with French capital, while the new film "Broker" was completed in collaboration with Koreans with 100% Korean capital.

Koreeda also had a strong fan base in Korea. Even before COVID-19, it was not common for diversity films to exceed 100,000 people, but most of the films he released have exceeded break-even points. A "family" mobilized 170,000 people and "becoming a father" mobilized 120,000.

The new film "Broker" is expected to be a big hit in Korea as the Japanese national director and the best actors in Korea work together and CJ Entertainment distributed it.

Director Koreeda, who has a deep sense of closeness, has long expressed interest in Korean film work by interacting widely with domestic filmmakers. Since his first relationship with a Korean actor in 2009 while filming "Air Doll" with Bae Doo-na, he has been close to Song Kang-ho and Kang Dong-won for a long time. In "Broker," all three actors play the lead role, and Lee Ji-eun (IU), who is showing rapid growth as an actor, appears as a key character.

"Broker" depicts the story of people who have become involved in a relationship around a "baby box" designed to allow people who cannot raise children to leave their babies anonymously. It is expected to show its unique sharp directing ability while maintaining a thoughtful gaze on the socially disadvantaged.

Director Hirokazu Koreeda gave a special meaning to the work, saying, "I'm glad that this work, which transcends different languages and cultural differences, has been highly praised and rewarded not only me but also all the staff and actors who participated in the work."

He then said, "I participated in the Cannes International Film Festival for the first time in four years, and I want to use it as a good opportunity to think about the meaning of continuing to make and deliver movies to the world at a time of confusion."

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