Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu, who won the Palme d’Or at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival for “Shoplifters”, will be making his first Korean film!
This was confirmed on August 26th Song Kang Ho, Kang Dong Won, and Bae Doona were cast in the lead roles in the upcoming film “Broker” (literal translation), which is being directed by the director. The film is said to be about baby boxes set up for people who are no longer able to anonymously give up their babies.
Director Koreeda Hirokazu himself explained how the film came to light, and his testimony goes as follows:
The plans for “brokers” began about five years ago.
As always, it all started with the actors. I first met Song Kang Ho at the Busan International Film Festival and Kang Dong Won when he was in Tokyo for work. I kept in touch with the two actors in Tokyo, Seoul, Busan and Cannes. At first we just exchanged greetings, but as we continued talking, we naturally talked about working on a film together.
I worked with Bae Doona in 2009 and thought to myself, “I hope we’ll work together again next time as a human character.” This dream finally came true over 10 years later. And now I’m going to be working on a movie with crew members and Korean actors who I really respect.
“Broker” is a story about baby boxes. I’m very excited right now as I work on the script that will move these three great actors. To share this excitement with all of you, I hope to create a compelling, heartwarming and emotional film.
Like my latest film, this film will be one in which I am separated from my home country and my mother tongue. What can I express and share when we overcome language and cultural barriers? What does it mean to be a director? I hope to investigate these questions through this project.
Zip Cinema will be responsible for production and CJ ENM will invest in and distribute the film. The director is known for his powerful storytelling, extensive directing, and sharp messages on social issues. The script is currently being worked on. Filming is scheduled to begin in 2021.
See Kang Dong Won in the film “Spooky“Below:
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