The Demilitarized Soldier of Joint Security Area [VIDEO ESSAY]

Joint Security Area (JSA) ( 공동경비구역) Director: Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2000 Park Chan-wook’s Joint Security Area is on one level a moving drama, but on another is an all-too rare argument against the cynicism that pervades our thoughts … Continue reading

Graceland

Graceland Director: Ron Morales Written: Ron Morales Country: The Philippines Year: 2012 Graceland on Amazon. The director Ron Morales takes the social problems of the Philippines strips them down and shows them bare naked in his gritty, dark film “Graceland”. … Continue reading

The Art Cinema of Takeshi Kitano and Park Chan-wook

  In 1954, French filmmaker and film critic Francois Truffaut presented the possibility of giving film an artistic status by introducing the idea of film authorship, or auteurism. This shined the light at many filmmakers at that time mostly from … Continue reading

Thirst

Thirst (박쥐) Director: Park Chan-wook Writer(s): Jeong Seo-gyeong,  Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2009 “Thirst” on Amazon. “Thirst” is a vampire movie, but not the kind you would expect from the genre. It does have blood sucking, sexuality, violence … Continue reading

Park Chan-wook "I‘m a Cyborg, but That’s OK" poster

I‘m a Cyborg, but That’s OK

I‘m a Cyborg, but That’s OK (싸이보그지만 괜찮아) Director: Park Chan-wook Writer(s): Jeong Seo-gyeong, Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2011 “I’m a Cyborg, but That’s OK” on Amazon. Despite what you might expect from the title of the film – … Continue reading

Park Chan-wook "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" poster

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (친절한 금자씨) Director: Park Chan-wook Written: Jeong Seo-gyeong, Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2005 “Lady Vengeance” on Amazon. As the conclusion to “The Vengeance Trilogy,” “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” is the one that most approves … Continue reading

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (복수는 나의 것) Director: Park Chan-wook Written: Lee Jae-soon, Lee Jong-yong, Country: South Korea Year: 2002 “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” on Amazon. Visually impressive, part one of “The Vengeance Trilogy” is often overlooked. While “Oldboy” gained … Continue reading

Park Chan-wook "Oldboy" poster

Oldboy

Oldboy (올드보이) Director: Park Chan-wook Written: Lim Chun-hyeong, Hwang Jo-yun, Park Chan-wook Country: South Korea Year: 2003 “Oldboy” on Amazon. “The Count of Monte Cristo” by Alexander Dumas is an epic revenge story in Western fiction. “Oldboy” is an epic … Continue reading