South Korea’s Park Chan-wook is best known for his brilliant, brilliant Vengeance Trilogy (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance and Oldboy), Joint Security Area and recently, Thirst, but his latest film sounds like the experiment of a film school student.
“The new technology creates strange effects because it is new and because it is a medium the audience is used to,” Park told reporters. “There are some good points of making a movie with the iPhone as there are many people around the world who like to play and have fun with them, because it is light and small and because anyone can use it.”
Paranmanjang was shot entirely using Apple’s iPhone 4. The 30-minute is scheduled to open in his native country on Jan. 27, and in all likelihood, won’t see distribution in America (here’s hoping he releases it on Vimeo/YouTube). It cost the director $133,000 to make. The director used several cameras and attached various lenses to achieve his shots, and noted that otherwise, nothing was particularly different than shooting a regular movie.
The movie, about a man, transcending his current and former lives, who has a mysterious encounter with a woman while fishing one night, mixes elements of fantasy, horror and humor — like all of Chan-wook’s films. The lady may or may not be the man’s daughter.