Oscar Predictions: Return to Seoul

Return to Seoul centers on a young woman’s journey to her native South Korea about being raised in France. Danny Chou’s drama is actually Cambodia’s submission for International Feature Film at the Oscars. MUBI and Sony Pictures Classics picked up distribution rights following its Cannes premiere over the summer. It came out in limited release domestically over the weekend. The cast includes Ji-Min Park, Oh Kwang-rok, Guka Han, and Kim Sun-young.

Reviews out of the French Riviera and in recent days are quite glowing. The Rotten Tomatoes score is 97% with some critics claiming it’s among the best of 2022.

I’m a little surprised this isn’t generating more Oscar buzz, but there’s still time. Part of that could be Cambodia’s track record at the ceremony. Out of 10 previous hopefuls, only one (2013’s The Missing Picture) made the cut of five. I haven’t had Return to Seoul in my top 10 contenders yet. Let’s see if the chatter picks up and I wouldn’t be shocked if it does. If so, it’s not outside the realm of possibility that Cambodia could have a second picture that doesn’t miss. My Oscar Prediction posts will continue…

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