The East has promise at Cannes

Five out of the eighteen films vying for this year's prestigious Palme d"Or award hail from Asia.

Eastern cinema has a solid track record of success at Cannes, with previous winners including Akira Kurosawa's Kagemusha and Chen Kaige's Farewell, My Concubine.

Japanese favourite Takeshi Kitano returns to the gangster genre with his violent latest Outrage, while previous jury prize winner Apichatpong Weerasethakul directs spiritual comedy Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives.

This year's Cannes Film Festival runs from the 12th to the 23rd of May, with the Palme d'Or jury headed by Tim Burton.

In case you missed the line-up announcement, here it is again .

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