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Trailer and featurette for Park Chan-wook’s iPhone short hit

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
January 17th, 2011

While the idea of a 30-minute long short film shot entirely on an iPhone doesn’t scream awesome at first look, when you attach the name Park Chan-wook to the equation, it makes everything seem to even out.

Now, thanks to Quiet Earth (via Bleeding Cool), not only do we have the first trailer for his iPhone short, PARANMANJANG (or NIGHT FISHING  when translated), but we even have a featurette on the film, and I must say, it looks rather amazing.

The behind-the-scenes piece proves that while it may have been shot on an iPhone, it still holds many of the same techniques that are used with shooting on film, such as jib shots, multiple lenses, dollies and much, much more, and prove that the film will still be very reminiscent of Chan-wook’s previous works.

The trailer is an absolute fever dream of a trailer, and makes the film look like a twisted fairy tale that only Park Chan-wook can craft. All in all, this is easily one of the more compelling pieces of cinema that will see a release this year. I can’t wait to check it out.

Here’s the synopsis, followed by the trailer, and then the featurette:

A fantastical tale that begins with a middle-aged man fishing one afternoon and then, hours later at night, catches the body of a woman. The panicked man tries to undo the intertwined fishing line, but he gets more and more entangled. He faints, then wakes up to find himself in the white clothes that the woman was wearing. The movie’s point of view then shifts to the woman and it becomes a tale of life and death from a traditional Korean point of view.

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