For over 10 years now the Koreans have been making some pretty impressive films. Park is one of the most popular, but trust me, there are some other cats on the scene to keep your eyes open for. Also pay attention to actor Song Kang-ho. You’re gonna see him in a lot of stuff. He’s the South Korean Michael Caine of the late 80’s/early 90’s.
Joint Security Area – This is a very commercial endeavor from Mr. Park, and hugely successful. It gave him the clout to make his slightly less commercial minded films.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance – And ya know what? I did have sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. There’s some brutal stuff in here, and some pretty sad stuff too. It’s really good.
Old Boy – Wow. Believe the hype. This definitely didn’t help my dislike for sushi. Rumor was that Spielberg and Will Smith wanted to remake this. There are not enough expletives to rant about what’s wrong with that.
Lady Vengeance – Not as good as the prior two in two in this trilogy, but there’s some good stuff in here. Park certainly knows how to set up a camera.