Japan has picked its Academy Award foreign-language submission: Berlin entry "Our Homeland." A panel of seven chose the film from 22 nominations. The film opened in Japan in August; here's THR's review.
In this autobiographical debut feature from Yang Yong-hi, a South Korean (Arata Iura) who was sent to live in North Korea, after 25 years in exile, returns to visit his family in Japan under the eye of a government watchdog (Yang Ik-June). The director is a second-generation Korean now living in Japan.
Yang has directed documentaries including "Sona, the Other Myself" (2010) and "Dear Pyongyang" (2005).
The deadline for submitting foreign language entries is October 1. The Academy will announce the five nominees on January 15. [Variety.]