Cannes 2012 lineup is sparse on Asian films

Isabelle Huppert is "In Another Country"

The official lineup for the 2012 Cannes Film Festival was announced yesterday and, perhaps unsurprisingly, the list is a bit sparse when it comes to Asian films. Website Film Business Asia has previously examined the difficulty Chinese filmmakers face in making it into Cannes.

Regardless, there are a few Asian or Asian-related movies to look forward to this May 16.

IN COMPETITION

In Another Country – Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s (Night and Day) film features French actress Isabelle Huppert playing three different characters all visting the same seaside town in South Korea. The rest of the cast besides Huppert, including actor Yu Jun-sang, is Korean but most of the dialogue is in English.

Taste of Money – the latest film from The Housemaid director Im Sang-soo is a Korean erotic thriller, previously covered here at Cityonfire.com. Website Wild Grounds says this is another effort “depicting…the moral hypocrisy of the South Korean bourgeoisie.“

Like Someone in Love – a new film from Iranian-born director Abbas Kiarostami is set in an unidentified big city in Japan. It features a largely Japanese cast, including Rin Takanashi, Tadashi Okuno, and Ryo Kase. Here’s the teaser.

UN CERTAIN REGARD

11. 25 The Day He Chose His Own Fate – a new Japanese-language film from Koji Wakamatsu, the acclaimed director of Caterpillar and United Red Army (both currently streaming on Netflix Instant). The film is about a man who “committed ritual suicide inside the Tokyo headquarters of the Japanese Ministry of Defense” on November 25th, 1970.

OUT OF COMPETITION

The Legend of Love and Sincerity – a new effort from fan favorite Japanese director Takashi Miike is a combination of comedy, romance, gangster picture, and musical. It will have a midnight screening at Cannes.

SPECIAL SCREENINGS

Mekong Motel – the latest film from Thai indie director Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who previously won the Palme d’Or in 2010 for his movie Uncle Boonme Who Can Recall His Past Lives. This mysterious project stars Tilda Swinton.

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