Oldboy is probably THE most popular Korean movie in the world, and has proved itself as a great starting point for many movie fans who are discovering Korean cinema for the first time. And it's a starting point for this blog as well, being first post made here.
While browsing I accidentally stumbled upon this amazing video that was included with collectors edition of Oldboy and which some good soul uploaded has Youtube. A behind the scenes / Making Of documentary.
Cinematography, acting, story. Everything in this movie is on the highest level. And now we have chance, for more than three hours to be a part of it.
To see genius personality of director Chan-wook Park in person. To see famous actors like Byung-hun Lee and Kang-ho Song paying casual visits to set just to have a few laughs with friends. Interaction of crew and actors. Technical difficulties and filming techniques. And to see how many octopus were eaten during famous scene? Priceless.
It's amazing insight into Korean working culture and brilliant personalities who are behind this movie.
A treat to any movie fan. And with american remake of Oldboy soon hitting cinemas, it's about time to remember what made the original so great.
Welcome to Dongmakgol (Welkkeom tu Dongmakgol ) is another great debut from new generation of Korean directors. It went to be 4th highest grossing South Korean movie of all time, and was official entry for best foreign language movie of 2005 Academy Awards. So far it's directors Kwang-Hyun Park only movie, currently his new project is in casting stage, and is something to keep an eye for.
Movies is set during Korean War of 1950. Soldiers from both sides of once united country and American plane pilot find themselves in a strange village among the mountains, whose inhabitants live hermit lifestyle unaware of what is happening in world around them. They get involved in villages life with help of a really odd girl who lives there. Soon however leisure time ends, and dangers of war are approaching this haven of peace.
It's comical and tragic story, showing how senseless the war is. How easy it is for friends to become enemies, and enemies become friends.
Great cast, beautiful cinematography and touching story. A must see.
DVD from Amazon.
OST from YesAsia.