One of the more surprising news items of last week was the existence of Paranmanjang, which is a new 30 minute short film by Thirst and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. (I originally used the translated title Ups and Downs, which is a fairly literal title translation, but it now seems like we might see the film under the name Night Fishing.) The kicker is that the short was created in partnership with a Korean telecom company, and was shot entirely on the iPhone 4.

The film will hit some Korean cinemas at the end of this month, and we’re not sure when the strange little ghost story will get out to other audiences. But as a first step we’ve got the teaser trailer and a little behind the scenes featurette on the film. And all I have to say is that it looks a bit like Park Chan-wook is channeling Canadian eccentric Guy Maddin. Which is to say: whoa. Read More »


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When the iPhone 4 first arrived, the quality of the video immediately became one of the selling points, and we posted a couple pieces about people using the phone to create films. We figured that a well-known filmmaker would eventually use the device to make a film. Here’s one of the first: Paranmanjang (Ups and Downs), a 30-minute “fantasy-horror” short film from Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-Wook, who shot the film entirely with the iPhone 4. Read More »

Korean director Park Chan-Wook has wowed us with films like the Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy For Mister Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance) and Thirst, and he’s been courted for an English-language film here and there. No deals have been made in the past, but now the director is reportedly in talks to direct a thriller called Stoker. Read More »


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So while we wait for Park Chan-wook to get to work producing Boon Joon-ho’s film based on the French comic Transperceneige, the script for which should be underway now for a 2011 or 2012 release date, we may get to see Park tackle a story that mixes topical issues with hard-boiled noir. There’s a report that he’ll remake Le couperage (The Ax), a 2005 film by Costa-Gavras, which was based upon the famous (and late) crime author Donald Westlake‘s novel of the same name. Read More »

Thirst Red Band Movie Trailer


Focus Features will open Park Chan-Wook‘s new film Thirst on July 31, and so far we’ve had only international trailers through which to check out the film. Now IGN has a red band trailer made specifically for the US, and it’s pretty freakin’ great. Check out the escalating pace of this story about vampires and faith after the jump. Read More »

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Movie Trailer: Park Chan-Wook’s Thirst


I didn’t have a chance to catch Park Chan-Wook’s last film, I’m a Cyborg, But That’s OK, but I loved his “vengeance trilogy,” which consisted of Sympathy for Mr./Lady Vengeance and the inimitable (despite what some people will tell you) Oldboy. Now, a trailer for his latest film, Thirst, which he wrote and directed, has surfaced (via CHUD). Hit the jump for a brief plot description and for the trailer video.
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Korean auteur Park Chan-Wook, most famous for the phenomenally kickass Oldboy, is getting some help from American shores for his next film, Thirst. Universal Pictures and Focus Features will be investing and co-producing, and Focus will distribute the film in North America.

The film, about a priest who becomes a vampire after a medical experiment gone wrong, certainly seems like an interesting project for Park. Said priest, played by Song Kang-ho (The Host and Park’s own Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), is also in love with his friends wife—something which will surely be affected by his newfound vampirism. In a production synopsis for the film, Park explains what drew him to it:

This film was originally called “The Bat” to convey a sense of horror – after all,
it is about vampires.  But it is also more than that.  It is about passion and a
love triangle.  I feel that it is unique because it is not just a thriller, and not
merely a horror film, but an illicit love story as well.

Honestly, I’m surprised it’s taken so long for Hollywood to wake up and take notice of the enormous talent coming out of South Korean cinema—and it could be that they’ve waited too long. While I still keep a close eye on Korean cinema, it’s clear that there is far less hype surrounding Korean films today than there was a few years ago. At the same time, I suppose it’s better late than never, and Chan-Wook is certainly one of the best Korean directors for American studios to gamble on.

Discuss: Are you a fan of Park Chan-Wook? What do you think of Hollywood financing foreign films?

Source: Variety via Chud

Movie Trailer: New York, I Love You

From the producers of Paris, je t’aime, comes New York, I Love You, another anthology of 12-short films, this time focusing on the stories of love in New York’s five boroughs. Directed by Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner,
Fatih Akin, Scarlett Johansson, Ivan Attal, Natalie Portman, Shunji Iwai, Jiang Wen, and Andrei Zvyagintsev. The film’s ensemble cast includes: Kevin Bacon, Maggie Q, Orlando Bloom, James Caan, Hayden Christensen, Blake Lively, Julie Christie, Chris Cooper, Drea de Matteo, Carla Gugino, Ethan Hawke, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson, Christina Ricci, Olivia Thirlby, Robin Wright Penn, Anton Yelchin, Burt Young and more.

I never got a chance to see Paris, je t’aime, but the idea always seemed appealing to me. While I live in probably the greatest city in the States – San Francisco, Manhattan has always been my favorite big screen city setting. New York, I Love You will screen as a work in progress at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, and is expected to hit theaters in mid-february 2009.

via: BigScreenLittleScreen