'Parasite' and 'Shoplifters' Are Colliding for Kore-eda's New Film About "Baby Boxes"

Song Kang-ko will star in the Japanese director's 'Baby, Box, Broker'

Song Kang-ko in 'Parasite.'

BY Brock ThiessenPublished Aug 27, 2020

If you thought Parasite and Shoplifters had strangely similar themes, the connection between the two films is about to get a lot more real. After all, Song Kang-ko — who starred in Bong-Joon-ho's Oscar darling — will lead the upcoming film done by esteemed Shoplifters director Hirokazu Kore-eda.

The upcoming project by the Palme d'Or-winning Japanese filmmaker is called Baby, Box, Broker, and it will mark his first Korean production, which will star Song. The film will entirely be made in Korea and shot in the Korean language.

In addition to Song, Baby, Box, Broker will star Cloud Atlas/Air Doll actress Bae Doona and Peninsula's Kang Dong-won.

In a statement to Variety, producer Eugene Lee said Baby, Box, Broker is "a Korean movie with Korean actors, Korean staff, being shot in the Korean language. It will shoot in Korea also."

The project appears to still be in its early stages, as Kore-eda is still finishing the screenplay. At this point, production is slated to begin in 2021.

The film apparently involves boxes that are left out for people to anonymously drop off their unwanted babies.

In a statement, Kore-eda explained the following:

Broker is a story about baby boxes. Right now, working on the script that will move these three great actors, I am so excited. In order to share this excitement with you all, I hope to create a thrilling, heartwarming, and emotional film. This film, like my latest film (French-language The Truth), will be one where I am apart from my home country and native language. What will I be able to express and share as we overcome barriers of language and culture? What does it mean to be a director? I hope to explore those questions through this project.

As always, it all began with the actors. I first met Song Kang-ho at the Busan International Film Festival and Kang Dong Won when he was in Tokyo for work. I have continued to stay in contact with the two actors in Tokyo, Seoul, Busan, and Cannes. At first, we simply exchanged greetings, but as we continued to share conversations, it naturally led to us talking about working on a film together. I worked with Bae Doona in 2009 (on
Air Doll), and I thought to myself, 'I hope we work together again, next time as a human character,' and that dream has finally come true over 10 years later. And now I will be working on a film with crew members and Korean actors I greatly respect.

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