Tokyo-based Gaga Corporation has acquired distribution rights in Japan to Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Broker ahead of its premiere in Competition at Cannes.
It marks the first Korean-language film from the Japanese director, who previously won the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2018 with Shoplifters and the jury prize in 2013 with Like Father, Like Son.
Written and directed by Kore-eda, Broker stars Song Kang-ho, Gang Dong-won, Lee Ji-eun, Doona Bae and Lee Joo-young. The story follows two men who have taken a child from a ‘baby box’, where parents leave infants they cannot raise, as well as a regretful mother and two police detectives.
Produced by Seoul-based Zip Cinema and backed and distributed by leading Korean studio CJ ENM, the film is set for a June release in Korea and Japan. Neon also acquired North American rights to the feature ahead of the festival.
Gaga is partnering with Fuji Television Network and AOI Pro to distribute the film in Japan as they did with Kore-eda’s French film The Truth, the Venice Film Festival’s 2019 opening film starring Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke and Ludivine Sagnier.
Gaga has a long-running relationship with Kore-eda, having participated in the production of all the auteur’s films from I Wish in 2011 to Shoplifters.