Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Old Boy

My wife and I checked out Old Boy last night (she had seen it once before, but actually was really good about keeping quiet about the ending).

There's a really strong argument that Park Chan-Wook is the greatest living filmmaker. While I'm not really a fan of stylized violence, like Kinji Fukusaku before him, Park is one of those rare birds that when his defenders say that his violence is to end violence, it's actually believable.

I have sometimes heard the Tarantino comparison applied to Park. That's about as appropriate as comparing a six-year old at her first piano lesson to Beethoven--they both play piano, but that's where the resemblance ends.

Taratino's films are full of trendy eye-candy, but little substance. Generous on director's self-love and overindulgence, they sharply contrast to Park's deep overriding interest in the human spirit. While Taratino is fixated on the art of killing, Park explores the art of living.

While Oldboy rode its stylized action to prominence, it still possesses the brilliance of JSA, Park's best work to date.


Blogger Gar said...

I love Park Chan-Wook's directorial style. His movies are definitely top-notch, especially in light of the uncreative crap we have to endure from Hollywood.

If you have a chance, check out "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". It has a bit different feel than "Oldboy" and the plot/themes are a little less coherent, but I still enjoyed it...

5:07 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I'd never heard of "Old Boy" or Park Chan-Wook until reading your post, and now I'm rather anxious to check out his work.


3:42 PM  
Blogger sonrisacsc said...

Awesome... yeah, I loved "Oldboy", and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance"! I have yet to see the other part of the trilogy, but there is such a beauty and grace in the violence Park portrays... like the emotional violence within humanity comes out in such an artistic way as to really capture and portray where it's origins come from.

7:27 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home

Listed on