On Wednesday morning, the Facebook account of HIFF 2024 announced that Kore-eda had arrived at Tan Son Nhat International Airport.

Vietnamese audiences were elated at the news of the Japanese director’s attendance at HIFF 2024.

They eagerly anticipate Kore-eda and other renowned international directors sharing their insights and experience in filmmaking at the festival.

Born in 1962, Kore-eda, one of the big names of the global film industry, was nominated for the ‘Directorial Symphony’ category at HIFF 2024.

The category was designed to recognize an exceptional director with a portfolio of influential films characterized by artistic excellence and diversity.

Among his typical films are ‘Broker,’ ‘Monster,’and ‘Shoplifters,’ which took top honors at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

These films will be screened during the eight-day festival in Ho Chi Minh City.

The Japanese director will take part in a meeting with local audiences after ‘Broker’ is shown at the Municipal Theater on Wednesday evening.

In addition, he was set to sit in on a meeting with young directors on Friday.

(L-R) Famous directors Anne Fontaine, Kim Jee Woon, Hirokazu Kore-eda, and Olivier Père. Photo: HIFF / Cannes / Getty images

HIFF 2024 also features the participation of directors Anne Fontaine, Coco avant Chanel, and Kim Jee Woon.

The first edition of the Ho Chi Minh City International Film Festival, which covers three main prize categories, is expected to attract hundreds of thousands of participants and thousands of guests, including some 200 international filmmakers, directors, and artists.