South Korea’s Song Kang-ho won best actor at the 75th Cannes Film Festival on May 28 for his role as a baby broker in Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker.
The Palme d’Or top prize went to Swedish director Ruben Ostlund’s Triangle of Sadness, while Plan 75 by Japan’s Chie Hayakawa received a special mention, missing out on the Camera d’Or award for best first feature film.
Song, 55, became the first South Korean male to win an acting prize at Cannes, according to local media. He starred in Parasite, which won the 2019 Palme d’Or and 2020 Academy Award for best picture.
“I’m so grateful and honored. I would like to thank director Koreeda, who is a great artist,” Song said in his acceptance speech.
Broker is about characters brought together by “baby boxes” — boxes where parents can leave their infants anonymously to be raised by others. Song played one of two men who steal and try to sell the babies.
The film marks Kore-eda’s second foray into working with a non-Japanese cast, after his 2019 feature The Truth starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche and Ethan Hawke.
Kore-eda is familiar with Korean culture, Song told a news conference after the award ceremony, adding it was not too difficult for them to understand each other.
When the film was nominated for the Palme d’Or in April, Koreeda said it was made through “collaboration that transcends language and cultural differences.” (Kyodo)