Na gets Cannes slot for Yellow Sea
Na Hong-jin’s crime thriller “Yellow Sea” has been invited to show at the parallel Un Certain Regard section of this year’s Cannes Film Festival in May, organizers said.
Starring Ha Jung-woo as a desperate man who, in order to find his missing wife, takes up an order to kill, the film is among some 20 films in the special category.
Also co-starring Kim Yoon-seok as a hit man, the film was successful in the local box office. It particularly made headlines for reuniting Na, Ha and Kim, who previously collaborated in “The Chaser,” which was also featured in Cannes’ Un Certain Regard section in 2008.
Un Certain Regard is among the festival’s three main sections, alongside the competitive and non-competitive categories. Last year, Korean director Hong Sang-soo’s “Hahaha” won the section’s top prize while in 2009 Bong Joon-ho’s “Mother” received critical acclaim.
This year’s official Cannes selection is to be announced in Paris on Thursday.