Park Chan-wook returns with a love story

(Seoul) Known for his ultra-violent thrillers that have pushed South Korean cinema to the front of the world stage, Park Chan-wook is back with a completely different film, Decision to Leavea strong but deep emotional love story.

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Claire LEE
French Media Agency

Leading the South Korean box office since its release last week, the film earned Park this year’s Best Director award at Cannes, where his cult thriller. old man already received the Grand Prix in 2004.

Decision to Leave tells the story of a detective (South Korean actor Park Hae-il) who investigates the death of a man who fell off a cliff and falls in love with the number one suspect, the victim’s mysterious wife, played by Chinese star Tang Wei.

Unlike Park Chan-wook’s previous works, “Decision to Leave” has almost no scenes of violence or sex. IndieWire called it “the most romantic movie of the year (to date).” Most critics have praised the beauty and restraint of this love story.

“I agree it’s a romantic movie and I wanted to make a movie like that,” Park said in an interview with reporters last month in Seoul.

The 58-year-old director explained that he started thinking about this project while working on his English language miniseries. The Little Drummer Girl, whose plot is based on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. He wanted to do something different, away from politics and conflict.

“I want to make a film that is pure. Pure in the sense of being true to the basics of cinema as an art, and which no element other than the theme of love will come to play, ”he says.

The result is a poetic exploration of time, loss and nostalgia, combining Park’s signature lush cinematography with the lingering sexual tension between the well-behaved police officer and the seductive murder suspect.

Both are from Park’s previously more serious characters, like the depressed Catholic priest turned vampire in the horror film. Third or the person held captive for 15 years on old man.

For the director, love stories, like bloody revenge stories, reveal what “people in essence” are. Despite this, none of the characters in his film look like him.

“Big gap”

“I’m not the type of person who aspires to such romantic values, or lives his life that way. I tend to be very realistic and pragmatic,” Park said softly. “I’m the kind of filmmaker who does great difference, between my life and the films I’ve made ”.

Park Chan-wook was honored for inspiring an entire generation of filmmakers in the “black Korean” genre-films about bloody murders and brutal criminal revenge, presented in pretentious cinematography.

One of these directors, Bong Joon-ho, became the first South Korean to win the Palme d’Or at Cannes in 2019, for his dark comedy. Parasiteis also the first non-English language work to win an Academy Award for Best Picture.

While he went on to say that his films are intended for the general public, Park admitted that “South Korean, Asian and foreign films are still considered arthouse cinema” outside the region.

“No matter how they make it, that’s what they catalog,” he said. “I don’t think it’s perfect. But Parasite broke that barrier.

Park also tries to work on non -Korean projects. angry The Little Drummer Girlin 2013 he did Bong Joon-ho’s first work in English, the series Snowpiercer. That same year, he made his Hollywood debut Stokerstarring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.

His next project, for HBO, is a seven -episode spy series starring Robert Downey Jr., based on the novel. The sympathy by Viet Thanh Nguyen (2016 Pulitzer Prize).

For Park, the global entertainment industry needs a lot of international collaboration.

“It’s important to know how your movies look right now. But you have to ask yourself if your movies will come alive and be remembered,” he said.

“It’s impossible for me to know what the public will think in fifty or a hundred years. But the reactions of viewers abroad today are the only small indication you can get,” he added. niya.

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