Posts Tagged ‘Chan-wook Park’

Mother

March 31, 2010

That's some strong medicine.

Joon-ho Bong, the Korean writer and director, likes to write about inadequate people finding themselves in situations they aren’t exactly clever enough to figure out, which makes the journey for the audience that much more enjoyable and that much more tragic in the end, because we might be able to see a way out they cannot.

In his film Memories of Murder, we follow a group of incompetent back water Detectives as they try to find a rapist-serial killer before the next victim is taken down. In The Host a family of dunces bands together to save the youngest daughter from a bio-chemically created monster. In both instances (both great movies, by the way) Joon-ho tells his stories with a healthy dose of biting satire, ever growing dread and a cinematic eye rarely found in America. With his newest thriller Mother, Joon-ho continues his steady climb as one of the best International directors by following the same guidlines.

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“Thirst”: a rich blood soaked love story

September 13, 2009
Two lost souls...undead lost souls...which is kind of redundant.
Two lost souls…two undead lost souls…which is kind of redundant.

Thirst, the new film by Hitchcock virtuoso, Korean director Chan-wook Park, chronicles a love affair that’s tainted from the beginning and not just because it involves a Priest who becomes a Vampire.

Over the years vampires have been used for a hefty amount of serious metaphors, from the original undying love of Bram Stoker’s creation to the teen angst of Edward Cullen from the Twilight series, to Allan Ball’s “coming out” creations on his hit HBO series True Blood. Park, though, has a way, like Tarantino, of bending a genre to his whims in ways that defy even the best stories out there (such as any of the above) and burning visual moments into your retina that will stick with you until you die.

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