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Zhang Yimou, Kawase Naomi in Cannes

Zhang Yimou, Kawase Naomi in Cannes

By Kevin Ma

Thu, 17 April 2014, 20:15 PM (HKT)

Festival News

The Asian selection of the official sections of this year's Cannes Film Festival consists primarily of new works by returning names at the French festival.

KAWASE Naomi 河瀬直美's Still the Water 2つ目の窓, the story about a teenage boy and a teenage girl on Amami Island, is the only Asian film in the competition. This is Kawase's fifth film in the festival and the fourth time competing for the Palme d'Or.

Ahead of its local release in May, ZHANG Yimou 張藝謀's Coming Home 歸來 is being screened out of competition at the festival. The drama stars CHEN Daoming 陳道明 as a political prisoner who returns home to his wife, played by GONG Li 鞏俐, after the end of the Cultural Revolution.

South Korean thriller The Target 표적, a remake of French film Point Blank, is also getting a midnight screening. Directed by CHANG, who previously made horror Death Bell 고死 피의 중간고사 (2008), it opens at the end of this month.

Asia fared somewhat better in the Un Certain Regard section. Chinese director WANG Chao 王超, whose Luxury Car 江成夏日 (2006) won an Un Certain Regard Prize, returns with Fantasia 幻想曲.

Wang joins South Korea's A Girl at My Door 도희야 (pictured), the directorial debut of July JUNG 정주리. Produced by LEE Chang-dong 이창동 | 李滄東, the film stars BAE Du-na 배두나 | 裵斗娜 as a cop protecting a young girl from her violent stepfather.

Thierry FRÉMAUX noted that additional films may be added to the festival selection.

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