Oscar 2007: South Korea's Contenders for the Foreign Language Oscar

August 24, 2007–Three films from South Korea are eager to become the country's official submission to the foreign-language Oscar category.

The producers of Lee Chang-dong's “Secret Sunshine,” Kim Ki-duk's “Breath” and local hit “May 18” all submitted applications to the Korean Film Council by the Friday deadline.

One title will be selected next month by an appointed committee. Last year's selection was period drama “King and the Clown.”

“Secret Sunshine” and “Breath” both played in competition in May at the Cannes Film Festival, with the former picking up an actress award for Jeon Do-yeon.

With 6.2 million admissions, the smash hit “May 18” is based on a real incident in 1980 in which government troops killed hundreds of pro-democracy demonstrators.

Each country devises its own rules for selecting one film to be submitted for the foreign language Oscar category. The deadline is October 1, 2007. South Korea has never had a film nominated for the Oscars.