Earlier today, the International Cannes Film Festival revealed its official selection for 2013 and the listing includes 2 films from Japan.

The two Japanese movies up for the prestigious Palme d’or award are “Shield of Straw” (Wara no Tate) directed by Takashi Miike, and “Like Father, Like Son” (Soshite Chichi Ni Naru) directed by Hirokazu Koreeda.

Shield of Straw is based on a book authored by Kazuhiro Kiuchi of the same name. The story follows two cops who are ordered to take a suspected murder across Japan. The task seems simple enough, but becomes more complicated when the murder victim’s grandfather takes a full page ad out in 3 of Japan’s largest newspapers. The ad offers a bounty of 1 billion yen for the death of the alleged killer. Shield of Straw is set to be released on April 26th, 2013.

Like Father, Like Son is a family drama which stars Fukuyama Masaharu. Fukuyama takes on the role of an egotistic, money driven man who has his life turned upside down after he finds out that he had unwittingly raised someone else’s son for the past 6 years due to his own son being accidentally switched at birth. Fukuyama and his wife now face the biggest decision in their lives; should they take back their biological son or keep the son they have raised for the last 6 years? Like Father, Like Son is due to be released October 5th, 2013.

The Cannes Film Festival, founded in 1946, is an annual film festival held in France and previews new films of all genres. It is regarded as one of the most illustrious and publicized film festivals in the world. The President of this years jury will be American film director Steven Spielberg. This year’s festival is scheduled to take place May 15th through May 26th.

Source: Nikkansports.com (Japanese)