Kim Ji-woon’s “The Age of Shadows” has been named South Korea’s official submission for the Foreign-Language category at the Academy Awards. Like many such selections, this one is likely to be at least somewhat controversial: Park Chan-wook’s “The Handmaiden,” which won acclaim at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, was considered a contender (if not the presumed favorite) in the race.
Kim’s previous films include “The Good, the Bad, and the Weird,” “I Saw the Devil” and 2013’s English-language action film “The Last Stand,” which starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. “‘Shadows’ earned high scores not only in terms of its aesthetic achievement, but also of the director and the actors’ recognition, international sales and marketing,” said the Korean Film Council (KOFIC) in a statement.
Warner Bros.’ first Korean-language production, “The Age of Shadows” will have its premiere in Venice before also screening in Toronto. Should it receive an Oscar nomination, it will be the first Korean film to do so.