With K-pop and K-drama television series riding high across Asia and beyond, a trio of South Korean films with top billing at this year’s Cannes Film Festival also shows the country’s growing cinematic clout.
Leading the pack is director Park Chan-Wook, whose period drama “The Handmaiden” — adapted from the British writer Sarah Waters’ crime novel “Fingersmith” — premieres Saturday, one of 21 films competing for the festival’s top prize, the Palme d’Or.
It will be Park’s third entry in the main competition at Cannes, and his record so far has been impressive. His best-known film, the dark revenge thriller “Oldboy”, came away with the Grand Prix award in 2004, while his blood-and-gore vampire romance “Thirst” took the Jury Prize in 2009.
At a press screening for his new film, Park said he was surprised at being selected for the competition. “I’m not sure if it’s suitable for Cannes. It’s a very straightforward film with a happy ending and no ambiguity,” Park said. “Those film festivals usually like films that make you feel uncomfortable,” he added. Read More