No Asian winners at Cannes1 min readReading Time: < 1 minute
There were no prizes for Asian films at last night’s awards ceremony for Cannes’ main competition. The Palme d’Or was awarded to Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life by a jury that included Hong Kong’s Johnnie To (æœçªå³°) and Shi Nansun (æ–½å—ç”Ÿ).
To and Shi were under no pressure to give a prize to a Chinese film. The Asian films competing were Australia’s Sleeping Beauty and, from Japan, Hanezu (æœ±èŠ±ã®æœˆ) and Hara-kiri: Death of a Samurai (ä¸€å‘½).
One other Japanese film had a high-profile slot at the festival, Sono Sion’s (åœ’åæ¸©) Guilty of Romance (æ‹ã®ç½ª). Selected for Directors’ Fortnight, it received a single late night screening in the parallel, independent section.
Chinese-language cinema was represented by Peter Chan’s (é™³å¯è¾›) Wu Xia (æ¦ä¿ ), arguably the highest profile Chinese-language film at either the festival or market, and Zou Peng’s (é„’éµ¬) Sauna on the Moon (å«¦å¨¥), which screened in Critics’ Week.
It was Korean cinema that had the most success outside the main competition with wins for Kim Ki-duk’s Arirang in Un Certain Regard and Son Tae-gyum’s (ì†íƒœê²¸) student short Fly By Night (ì•¼ê°„ë¹„í–‰) in Cinefondation.
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