Park, Chan-Wook
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Chan-Wook Park

[ Park, Chan-Wook ]
Profile and general info
Name in native language: 박찬욱 [?ㅂㅏㄱ ㅊㅏㄴ ㅇㅜㄱ]
Romanization: Pak Ch'anuk [McCune–Reischauer]    Bak Chan-uk [Revised]
Family name: Park
Country: South Korea
Birth date: Friday, August 23, [53 years old]
Birth place: South Korea
Bio
Park Chan-wook (born August 23, 1963 in the Tanyan area of Jecheon) is a South Korean director and screenwriter. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is internationally renowned for what has become known as his "vengeance trilogy", consisting of 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy in 2003 and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance in 2005.

Park grew up in Seoul and studied philosophy at the Sogang University, where he started a cine-club called the 'Sogang Film Community' and published a number of articles on contemporary cinema. After graduation, he wrote articles on film for journals, and soon became an assistant director of films like Kkamdong of Yu Yeong-Jin and Watercolor painting in a Rainy Day of Kwak Jae-yong (My Sassy Girl).

Before Joint Security Area, Park was more famous as a film critic than as a filmmaker.

In 2000, Park directed Joint Security Area, which was a great success both commercially and critically, even surpassing Kang Je-gyu's Shiri as the most-watched film ever made in South Korea. This success made it possible for him to make his next film more independently - Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the result of this creative freedom. His so-called "vengeance trilogy" consists of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. It was not originally intended to be a trilogy. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, shortened to Lady Vengeance, was distributed by Tartan Films for American theatrical release in April 2006.

Despite of the extreme violences in his films, Park is regarded as one of the most popular film directors in Korea, with three of his last five feature films (Joint Security Area, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) gathering more than 3 million spectators. Which means that Park has three films in 30 all-time highest grossing films.

In addition to being a film director and screenwriter, Park is also a film critic with several published editions to his name. None have been translated into English as yet.

In 2006, he was the member of official section jury at the 63rd Venice International Film Festival.

In February 2007, Park won the Alfred Bauer prize at the 57th Berlin International Film Festival. The award, named after the festival's founder and in praise of movies opening up new perspectives, went to Park for his film, I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK.

Like another Korean director Bong Joon-ho, Park is a partisan of Democratic Labor Party, a minor and the most leftist party in South Korea, for whom in 2002 he joined the presidential TV campaign.
Trivia
  • Turned down the chance to remake The Evil Dead.
  • His films "Sympathy for Mr Vengeance", "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" are widely known as the "Vengeance Trilogy".
  • Was a student of philosophy at Sogang University in Seoul.
  • Has one daughter.
  • Met wife at a university film club in the 80s.
  • Member of the Jury at the Venice Film Festival in 2006.
  • Decided to become a filmmaker after seeing Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
Filmography
As a director:
  • 2012 Stoker
  • 2011 Paranmanjang
  • 2009 Bakjwi
  • 2008 Cinema16: World Short Films
  • 2006 Saibogujiman kwenchana
  • 2005 Chinjeolhan geumjassi
  • 2004 Sam gang yi
  • 2003 Oldeuboi
  • 2003 Yeoseot gae ui siseon
  • 2002 Boksuneun naui geot
  • 2000 Gongdong gyeongbi guyeok JSA
  • 1999 Simpan
  • 1997 Saminjo
  • 1992 Moon Is the Sun's Dream
  • 2011 Paranmanjang
  • 2009 Bakjwi
  • 2008 Misseu Hongdangmu
  • 2006 Saibogujiman kwenchana
  • 2006 High Maintenance
  • 2009 Cinema 3
  • 2009 Días de cine
  • 2007 Les enragés du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Les renaissances du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Paraskinio
  • 2005 Le cinéma passe à table
  • 2004 Katanas yakuzas y cintas de video
As a producer:
  • 2011 Paranmanjang
  • 2009 Bakjwi
  • 2008 Misseu Hongdangmu
  • 2006 Saibogujiman kwenchana
  • 2006 High Maintenance
  • 2009 Cinema 3
  • 2009 Días de cine
  • 2007 Les enragés du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Les renaissances du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Paraskinio
  • 2005 Le cinéma passe à table
  • 2004 Katanas yakuzas y cintas de video
Self:
  • 2009 Cinema 3
  • 2009 Días de cine
  • 2007 Les enragés du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Les renaissances du cinéma coréen
  • 2006 Paraskinio
  • 2005 Le cinéma passe à table
  • 2004 Katanas yakuzas y cintas de video

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Movies

Filmography

(partial)
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OKI'm a Cyborg, But That's OK

Saibogujiman Kwenchana

director/writer

Year: 2006

Sympathy for Lady VengeanceSympathy for Lady Vengeance

Chinjeolhan Geumjassi

director/writer

Year: 2005

Three ExtremesThree Extremes

Saam Gaang Yi

director

Year: 2004

OldboyOldboy

Oldboy

director

Year: 2003

Sympathy for Mr. VengeanceSympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Boksuneun Naui Geot

director

Year: 2002

JSA: Joint Security AreaJSA: Joint Security Area

Gongdong Gyeongbi Guyeok JSA

director

Year: 2000




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