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 »

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 »