Park Chan-wook’s latest film shot entirely on an iPhone

Will Schiffelbein

by: Will Schiffelbein
January 10th, 2011

South Korea has been in the midst of a film renaissance over the past decade. Amazing filmmakers like Bong Joon-ho and Park Chan-wook have been making brilliant films there for some time; they’re always finding new ways to innovate and tell a great story. Well, get ready because Park Chan-wook (THIRST, OLD BOY, SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE) is about to innovate your ass off.

Thanks to the AP, courtesy of Film School Rejects, we’ve learned that his latest film was shot entirely on Apple’s iPhone. This pique your interest? It does me too. Hit the jump for the full story.

The movie, a thirty minute short film, was shot entirely on Apple iPhone 4s. It was made on a budget of about $133,000 which allowed them to use several “cameras” for filming to get multiple angles and shots. Apparently, “He [Park Chan-wook] said the directors attached lenses to their phones and nothing was particularly different from shooting a regular movie.”

The synopsis given by the AP isn’t too revealing, but it gives just enough to raise some eyebrows. The film is named PARANMANJANG and it’s…

“…about a man transcending his current and former lives. He catches a woman while fishing in a river in the middle of the night. They both end up entangled in the line and he thinks she is dead. Suddenly, though, she wakes up, strangles him and he passes out. When the woman awakens him, she is wearing his clothing and he hers. She cries and calls him ‘father.’”

Well that’s eerie. According to the report, the film mixes elements from horror, drama, and even a little comedy. Park Chan-wook is known for his incredibly dark sensibilities, especially OLD BOY which even makes Darren Aronofsky cringe. PARANMANJANG is already slated to get a South Korean theatrical release on January 27th, but we’ve heard little about a U.S. release.

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