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What's your favorite film by Chan-wook Park?

haven't seen any
0 (0%)
don't like any
0 (0%)
other
0 (0%)
Joint Security Area
2 (4.8%)
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
3 (7.1%)
Oldboy
19 (45.2%)
Lady Vengeance
6 (14.3%)
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK
0 (0%)
Thirst
5 (11.9%)
Stoker
2 (4.8%)
The Handmaiden
5 (11.9%)
The Little Drummer Girl
0 (0%)
Decision to Leave
0 (0%)

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Park, Chan-wook
« on: April 29, 2011, 11:26:16 AM »
1. Lady Vengeance
2. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
3. Joint Security Area
4. Thirst
5. Oldboy
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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2011, 11:57:20 AM »
Martin, do you have a writeup for Lady Vengeance? The structure of that one is terrible and would love to hear why it's your favorite.

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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2011, 12:04:55 PM »
Martin, do you have a writeup for Lady Vengeance? The structure of that one is terrible and would love to hear why it's your favorite.

I've got a few of them, but the first is the only one with comments of any substance:

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I was let down by Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, but this one more than makes up for it.  It's SO much better that I can't understand why it's Oldboy that gets all the hype.  The film is visually delectable, with oodles of striking images and clever effects.  The story is rich and multi-faceted, without needing to resort to convoluted plot twists or cheap thrills.  It's funny, moving, tense, engaging and often heartbreakingly beautiful.  I loved it, and I might even give Oldboy another chance.  Rating: 9

What about the structure is "terrible"?


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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #3 on: April 29, 2011, 12:20:30 PM »
There is nothing terrible about Lady Vengeance.

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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #4 on: April 29, 2011, 12:24:53 PM »
Inclined to say THIRST, but there are more that need to be seen before I can vote.

Is there a Chow board yet?

EDIT: Found it! bang up job with that list of all the threads, MartinTeller

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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #5 on: April 29, 2011, 12:27:32 PM »
I'm not a fan, though Oldboy was certainly interesting.

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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #6 on: April 29, 2011, 01:00:57 PM »
Martin, do you have a writeup for Lady Vengeance? The structure of that one is terrible and would love to hear why it's your favorite.

I've got a few of them, but the first is the only one with comments of any substance:

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September 29, 2006

I was let down by Chan-wook Park's Oldboy, but this one more than makes up for it.  It's SO much better that I can't understand why it's Oldboy that gets all the hype.  The film is visually delectable, with oodles of striking images and clever effects.  The story is rich and multi-faceted, without needing to resort to convoluted plot twists or cheap thrills.  It's funny, moving, tense, engaging and often heartbreakingly beautiful.  I loved it, and I might even give Oldboy another chance.  Rating: 9

What about the structure is "terrible"?
Agree totally MT Lady Vengeance > Oldboy. However it is like comparing perfection with...something slightly more perfect. The reason LV wins? The vengeance theme is played out to its most excruciating, logical, horrible conclusion. The thread with all of these films is that vengeance destroys the vengeful as much as those upon whom vengeance is visited but LV takes it ALL the way. Having the parents exact the retribution is a heart breaking but natural conclusion and even though they have every right to do the deed they still find it hard because they aren't 'evil' themselves. Questions like 'Are they made evil by the act?' abound from LV. Plus Lee Yeong-ae is magnificent throughout.
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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #7 on: April 29, 2011, 01:33:03 PM »
Oldboy is OK.
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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #8 on: April 29, 2011, 04:37:37 PM »
Lady Vengeance is one long first act with a lot of convoluted loop de loops. I like the arty visuals and the final act is equal to the rest of the trilogy, but the prison and Australia... the first hour is all protracted set-up.

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Re: Park, Chan-wook - Director's Best
« Reply #9 on: April 29, 2011, 05:00:18 PM »
1. Oldboy
2. Thirst
3. Joint Security Area
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