Broker: Kore-Eda returns to Cannes with Song Kang-ho and Bae Doona

The new film from the director of A Family Affair was shot in South Korea.

After turning The truth in France (with Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke), Hirokazu Kore-Eda continues to export its talents outside of Japan. His new movie, broker, takes place in South Korea. With local stars in the cast: Song Kang-ho (Memories of Murder, Parasite), Bae Doona (The Host, CloudAtlas), Gang Dong-won (Peninsula), Lee Joo-young and Lee Ji-eun aka IU, a well-known K-pop star in the Land of Morning Calm.

broker (broker in French) also tackles a hair-raising subject, that of baby boxes, literally baby boxes that allow you to abandon a child anonymously. A booming phenomenon in South Korea since the toughening of adoption laws. But the film shouldn’t be a pure and hard drama if we judge by the first image unveiled by Metropolitan Film following its selection in official competition at Cannes, where Kore-Eda won the Palme d’Or in 2018 for A family matter.

Rear brokerthere is also the desire to bring together a troupe of actors, as the Japanese director explained in 2020 when announcing the project:

It always starts with the actors. I first met Song Kang-ho at the Busan International Film Festival and Kang Dong-won when he was working in Tokyo. I kept in touch with these two actors in Tokyo, Seoul, Busan and Cannes. At the beginning, we simply encouraged each other, but by dint of talking we naturally came to talk about making a film together. I worked with Bae Doona in 2009 and I was like, ‘I hope we can work together again, this time with a human character (she played an inflatable doll in Air Doll, editor’s note)‘, and this dream came true more than 10 years later.”

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