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The 47th Toronto International Film Festival in Canada Invited 5 Korean films
A total of 5 Korean films, Hunt, Broker, Decision to Leave, A Man of Reason, and Walk Up
On July 28 (local time), the invitation lineup was announced for the 47th Toronto Film Festival in Canada. A total of 5 Korean films, Hunt, Broker, Decision to Leave, A Man of Reason, and Walk Up were included on the list. Especially, Hunt and A Man of Reason, the two directorial debut films from Actor Lee Jungjae and Actor Jung Woosung, have been invited side by side, making headlines.
Decision to Leave of Director Park Chanwook, who won the Best Director award at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, was invited to the North American Premiere of the 47th TIFF. Director Kore-eda Hirokazu’s Broker, a film in which actor Song Kangho won Best Actor at the 75th Cannes Film Festival, was invited to the Canadian Premiere of the 47th TIFF. Walk Up, directed by Hong Sangsoo, will be unveiled for the first time in the world at the 47th TIFF. Director Lee Jungjae's Hunt was invited to the North American premiere, and director Jung Woosung's A Man of Reason was invited to the Toronto Film Festival for the world premiere.
Actor Lee Jungjae, Actor Jung Woosung, Going to Toronto Side by Side as Their Directorial Debuts
Hunt was officially invited to the ‘Gala Presentation’ section and will be screened in the North American Premier on September 15. Hunt, written and directed by Lee Jungjae and starring Jung Woosung, depicts the story of Park Pyongho (Lee Jungjae) and Kim Jungdo (Jung Woosung), the KCIA agents who are suspicious of each other to find spies in the organization, facing a huge incident called ‘Korea's No. 1 assassination operation.’ In May, Hunt was officially invited to the Midnight Screenings at the 75th Festival de Cannes and received great acclaim.
The Gala Presentation section is one of the most anticipated sections of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Korean films such as Director Kim Jeewoon's The Good, The Bad, The Weird (2008), Director Im Sangsoo's The Housemaid (2010), and Director Cho Uiseok's Cold Eyes (2013) have been invited so far.
Actor Jung Woosung's directorial debut, A Man of Reason, will be unveiled for the first time in the world at the 47th TIFF Special Presentation section. A Man of Reason depicts the story of a man who gets released from jail after 10 years and tries to start a normal life escaping from his past, starring Jung Woosung, Kim Namgil, and Park Sungwoong.
Hong Sangsoo’ new film Walk Up will be unveiled for the first time in the world at the 47th TIFF.
Hong Sangsoo’s New film Walk Up was invited to the Special Presentation section, along with Decision to Leave, the winner of the 75th Cannes and directed by Park Chanwook, Broker by Kore-eda Hirokazu.
The Toronto Film Festival expressed expectations by saying "Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo adds a new chapter to his impressive body of work, taking a gently delightful new perspective on themes dear to his poetics." as to the reason for the invitation of Walk Up. Walk Up has a running time of 97 minutes and stars actors Kwon Haehyo, Lee Hyeyoung, and Song Sunmi.
The Toronto International Film Festival is the largest film festival in North America, which introduces a wide range of films of various genres and styles from all over the world. The 47th Toronto International Film Festival this year will be held in Toronto, Canada, for a total of 11 days from September 8 to 18.