Oscar Predictions: Plan 75

Japan surprised awards prognosticators this week with the announcement that Plan 75 will be their competitor for International Feature Film at the Oscars. This has nothing to do with the quality of Che Hayakawa’s dystopian drama where the aging population is given the option to be euthanized. Plan garnered strong reviews out of Cannes and it will receive plenty of North American eyeballs next week in Toronto.

The unexpected development is that Japan could have submitted Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s heralded Broker (also making the rounds on the fest circuit) and it chose otherwise. The general consensus is that Broker, after South Korea understandably went with Decision to Leave over it, would have been close to a shoo-in nominee for the Academy’s international competition.

75‘s chances are a little murkier though solid notices out of Toronto could help. This comes a year after Japan’s Drive My Car was victorious in the foreign film race so we will see if their campaign skills are still sharp in 2022. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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