Hybridization of the Japanese and Korean film industries as seen in “Baby Broker” [in Japanese]
DateAugust 2022
BibliographyChuo Kouron
AuthorKWON, Yongseok
Summary The recent hit, ”Baby Broker,” which won two awards at the Film de Cannes held in May, was a Korean film produced by a Japanese director. Under the direction of Hirokazu Koreeda, a renowned Japanese film director, eminent Korean actors a­nd actresses such as Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Bae Doo-na, and IU came together to create a movie that has been highly praised both by the Korean a­nd Japanese communities as well as the global society. In this article, Professor Kwon Yongseok highlights the significance of a Japanese director shooting a movie in Korea considering the past a­nd current relationship between the Japanese a­nd Korean governments. Furthermore, he discusses the teamwork of Koreeda a­nd Song in making this film as well as Koreeda’s decision in including one of South Korea’s most popular singers, IU. Professor Kwon indicates that these factors could lead to a new phase for both the Japanese a­nd Korean film industries in which the entertainment industry could help to overcome the tensions in diplomatic affairs.