Closing date for submissions is Oct. 1
Japan, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Kazakhstan have announced their films for consideration for the foreign-language film Oscar category.Ryoichi Kimizuka’s “Dare mo mamotte kurenai” (Nobody to watch over me) was chosen by the Motion Picture Producers Assn. of Japan. The suspense drama, about a cop assigned to protect a teenage girl — the sister of a murder suspect — was released in January by Toho. Produced by a consortium headed by the Fuji TV network, the pic is repped internationally by Pony Canyon. Japan’s entry last year, Yojiro Takita’s “Departures,” won the Oscar and earned more than $60 million at the Japanese B.O. Helix Films is handling international rights to “Kelin,” Kazakhstan’s submission. The dialogue-free pic, from writer-director Ermek Tursunov, explores arranged marriage in the second century A.D. and is screening at the Toronto Film Festival. Director-scribe Yonfan’s “Prince of Tears,” which world preemed at Venice, is Hong Kong’s selection. Produced by Fruit Chan, pic is about Taiwan’s Communist witch hunt in the early 1950s, known as the white terror, in which thousands were executed. Pic is a Far-Sun Film (Hong Kong) and Peony5 Film (Taiwan) production, with international sales handled by Fortissimo Films. Taiwan’s Oscar hopeful is helmer Leon Dai’s “No puedo vivir sin ti,” about an uneducated, unemployed man and his young daughter living happily together until the authorities intervene. It took top honors at the Taiwan Film Festival in July. The closing date for submissions to the foreign language category is Oct. 1. Nominations will be announced Feb. 2 and the Academy Awards take place on March 7.