Oscars: South Korea Selects 'Sea Fog' for Foreign-Language Category

Courtesy of Toronto International Film Festival

The country picked Shim Sung-bo's thriller based on its possible appeal to Academy members

South Korea has submitted Sea Fog (Haemoo), a thriller from first-time director Shim Sung-bo, as its candidate for the best foreign-language film honor at the 2015 Oscars, the Korean Film Council (KOFIC), which makes the selection, said Tuesday.

While South Korean cinema has become high-profile in recent years, in cinemas and at film festivals, no Korean film has ever been picked as an Oscar nominee, and KOFIC said it had focused on appealing to the Academy as a key factor in its decision.

KOFIC said one of the reasons for choosing Sea Fog, which tells of a fishing-boat crew's descent into desperation after a botched human-trafficking operation, was its positive reception at the Toronto Film Festival. KOFIC said the fact that it was inspired by a true story could also help make the movie attractive to Academy members.

The movie was produced by Shim, with Bong Joon-ho, Cho Neung-yeon, Lewis Taewan Kim and Yu In-soo. The Korean box office has seen some new records of late amid continued growth.

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