Thursday, January 17, 2008

Naresuan misses Oscar nomination

MC Chatrichalerm Yukol's historical battle epic, King Naresuan II, under the title of King of Fire, didn't make the short-list of Oscar hopefuls, which has been whittled down to nine entries from the 63 submissions for Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film.

Notably on the list is Mongol, the Kazakhstani biopic about Genghis Khan that stars Tadanobu Asano. This is the Genghis Kahn biopic I think I wish I would have seen last year, instead of To the Ends of the Earth and the Sea.

There's no Exiled by Johnny To from Hong Kong. No I Just Didn't Do It from Japan. No Secret Sunshine from Korea. Also, no 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days from Romania, as noted by the LA Weekly.

I was also rooting for Singapore's 881, but it didn't make the list either.

Naresuan II had its North American premiere at the recent Palm Springs International Film Festival. A third film in what will be the Naresuan Trilogy is supposed to start filming and be completed sometime this year, with Tony Jaa in the cast.

Pen-ek Ratanaruang's Ploy also played at Palm Springs, as did 881. By the way, 881 makes its European premiere in the Sturm und Drang program at the International Film Festival Rotterdam, where techno cat director Royston Tan is a member of the Tiger Awards jury.

The final five nominees for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film will be named on January 22.

(Via Kung Fu Cult Cinema)

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