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Park Chan-wook is a Actor, Director, Scriptwriter, Producer and Editor Sud coréen born on 23 august 1963 at Seoul (Coree du sud)

Park Chan-wook

Park Chan-wook
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Nationality Coree du sud
Birth 23 august 1963 (57 years) at Seoul (Coree du sud)

Park Chan-wook (Hangul: 박찬욱 [paktɕʰanuk]; born August 23, 1963) is a South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic. One of the most acclaimed and popular filmmakers in his native country, Park is most known for his films Joint Security Area, Thirst and what has become known as The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy in 2003 and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance in 2005. His films are noted for their immaculate framing and often brutal subject matter.

Biography

Park Chan-wook étudie la philosophie à l'université de Sogang. Mais le département, dominé par la philosophie analytique, n'offre pas les cours d'esthétique qu'il a depuis longtemps voulu suivre. Park Chan-wook trouve son centre d'intérêt dans le cinéma, après avoir vu au cinéma Sueurs froides d’Alfred Hitchcock (il rencontre dans cette même séance sa future épouse). Il crée ensuite la Sogang film community avec d'autres cinéphiles, très rares à l'époque, qui se sont réunis grâce à la liste des lecteurs inscrite sur les livres de cinéma de la bibliothèque de son université.

En 1988, il commence à travailler dans l’industrie du cinéma en effectue des métiers divers pour économiser de l'argent et ainsi investir dans un premier long-métrage qu’il voulait réaliser. Pendant cette période, il travaille notamment pour Yoo Young-jin sur Kkamdong et rencontre le futur réalisateur à succès Kwak Jae-yong qui le prend comme assistant.

Il tourne Moon Is the Sun's Dream en 1992, un drame urbain se déroulant dans les milieux du crime, de la mode et de la prostitution de la ville de Pusan. Le film est un grand échec commercial.

Il devient alors critique de cinéma. Ainsi en 1994 il publie un recueil de ses critiques, intitulé Vidéodrome : charme discret de regarder les films et fait une apparition (avec Kwak Jae-yong) dans Mascara de Lee Hun alors qu’il cherche toujours à réaliser des films.

Il tourne en 1997 son second film 3 Members dont le scénario est co-signé par son ami Lee Moo-young avec lequel il poursuivra sa collaboration. Ce film narre l'histoire d'un groupe de marginaux cherchant à gagner de l’argent, tout en gardant un aspect social et une certaine tendance à l’humour. Les entrées de ce film, bien que supérieures à celle du précédent, sont néanmoins encore faibles.
Park Chan-wook cherche alors à financer sans succès son projet (très noir) Vengeance Is Mine. Il craint alors de ne plus pouvoir réaliser de film.

Après deux ans d'inactivité cinématographique il réalise Judgement, un court-métrage de 26 minutes sur l’effondrement d’un grand magasin de Seocho-dong qui fit plus de 500 morts. Il critique violemment le cynisme et l’égoïsme des familles des victimes. Le film est sélectionné au Festival de Clermont-Ferrand, une première pour le réalisateur.

Peu de temps après, Myung Films lui propose d’adapter le roman DMZ de Park Sang-yun dont le thème tourne autour de la frontière entre les deux Corées. Il réalise donc Joint Security Area, un thriller politique à la narration éclatée. Park dispose d’un budget confortable et collabore notamment avec Lee Moo-young et des scénaristes tels que Jung Sung-san et Kim Hyeon-seok. Le film attire plus de cinq millions de spectateurs et devient le deuxième plus gros succès de l'histoire du cinéma coréen. Park reçoit de nombreux prix, dont plusieurs au Festival du film asiatique de Deauville, et il s’impose comme un cinéaste majeur du nouveau cinéma coréen.

Il collabore alors avec Lee Moo-young pour les scénarios de The Anarchists et de The Humanist. Ils s’associent à d’autres réalisateurs (Bae Chang-ho, Kwak Jae-yong, Lee Young-jae) pour former la société de production EGG Films, dirigée par le producteur Ji Young-jun. Cette société leur offre une grande liberté.

Le premier projet de la société EGG est A Bizarre Love Triangle, une comédie décalée réalisée par Lee Moo-Young.

Grâce au succès de son précédent film, Park peut sortir son ancien projet Vengeance is Mine, devenu Sympathy for Mister Vengeance, un drame violent et noir traité de façon radicale. Très controversé, le film sera rejeté par une partie du public mais est soutenu par les festivals internationaux, notamment le Far East Film, L’Étrange Festival et le Festival du film policier de Cognac

En 2003, Park Chan-wook réalise N.E.P.A.L.(Never Ending Peace And Love), une partie du film If You Were Me auquel ont participé de nombreux autres cinéastes. Ce projet, créé par la Commission des Droits de l’Homme de Corée, dénonce la discrimination.

EGG films coproduit son cinquième long-métrage, Old Boy ; une adaptation du manga de Tsuchiya Garon et Minegishi Nobuaki. Le film connaît un important succès public et critique, et vaut à Park le grand prix du Festival de Cannes.

En 2004, il réalise Coupez (Cut) une des parties du film 3 extrêmes.

En 2005, il sort Lady Vengeance qui boucle le triptyque sur la vengeance entamée par Sympathy for Mister Vengeance et Old Boy.

En 2007, il réalise Je suis un cyborg, dans lequel apparaît notamment la star de l'entertainment coréen Jung Ji-hoon. Cette même année, il sera un des invités d'honneur du Festival international du film fantastique de Neuchâtel 2007 qui présente une rétrospective de ses films, Je suis un cyborg a été projeté lors de la cérémonie de clôture du festival.

En 2009, il réalise Thirst, ceci est mon sang (Thirst) transposant le roman Thérèse Raquin d'Émile Zola en film de vampire.

En 2016, il coécrit, produit, et réalise le film Mademoiselle, adaptation du roman Du bout des doigts de Sarah Waters paru en 2002. Le film, très bien accueilli par la critique et le public, a été en compétition pour la palme d'or du Festival de Cannes 2016.

Il est adhérent militant de PDT (Parti démocratique du travail de Corée), parti politique de centre-gauche qui reste minoritaire au Congrès. Dans le cadre de l'élection présidentielle de 2002, il a fait une campagne télé pour soutenir le candidat de son parti.

Engagé politiquement à gauche, son nom est placé sur la liste noire du gouvernement conservateur de Park Geun-hye constituée d'artistes critiques secrètement placés sous surveillance par les autorités et privés de subventions publiques.

Best films

Snowpiercer (2013)
(Executive Producer)

Usually with

Jo Yeong-wook
Jo Yeong-wook
(7 films)
Song Kang-ho
Song Kang-ho
(6 films)
Oh Kwang-rok
Oh Kwang-rok
(5 films)
Oh Dal-soo
Oh Dal-soo
(5 films)
Shin Ha-kyun
Shin Ha-kyun
(4 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of Park Chan-wook (19 films)

Display filmography as list

Actor

Crush and Blush, 1h41
Directed by Lee Kyoung-mi
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy
Themes Films about education, Films about sexuality, Erotic films
Actors Gong Hyo-jin, Seo Woo, Lee Jong-hyuk, Bang Eun-jin, Hwang Woo-seul-hye, Bong Joon-ho
Roles Passerby
Rating63% 3.1956353.1956353.1956353.1956353.195635
Yang Mi-sook is an unpopular and frumpy high school Russian teacher, who has a habit of going red in the face. For ten years she has been harbouring a crush on Seo Jong-cheol, her former teacher and now married colleague, though he is more interested in pretty new teacher Lee Yoo-ri. Mi-sook tries to put a halt to this blossoming romance, forming an unlikely alliance with Jong-cheol's daughter, Jong-hee.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2h9
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Sign-language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Im Ji-eun, Jung Jae-young, Lee Kan-hee
Rating75% 3.798523.798523.798523.798523.79852
Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun), is a deaf-mute man working in a factory to support his ailing sister (Im Ji-eun), who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. As Ryu is not a match, and he is laid off from his job, Ryu contacts a black market organ dealer, and agrees to exchange his severance money and one of his own kidneys in exchange for a matching one. The dealers perform the operation, but disappear after taking Ryu's kidney and money. Three weeks later, Ryu learns from his doctor that a donor has been found, but Ryu is unable to afford the operation now.

Director

The Handmaiden, 2h24
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Thriller, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Erotic films, Films about psychiatry, Erotic thriller films, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Kim Tae-ri, Kim Min-hee, Ha Jeong-woo, Jo Jin-woong, Kim Hae-sook, Moon So-ri
Rating81% 4.0515754.0515754.0515754.0515754.051575
En Corée occupée par les Japonais, un escroc opérant sous le nom du « comte Fujiwara » projette de séduire une héritière japonaise nommée Mademoiselle Hideko, puis de l'épouser et de l'enfermer dans un asile pour lui voler son héritage. Il engage une voleuse nommée Sook-hee vivant dans une famille d'escrocs afin qu'elle devienne la camériste de Hideko et sa confidente pour encourager cette dernière à épouser le « comte ».
Stoker
Stoker (2013)
, 1h39
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about families, Medical-themed films, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals, Children's films
Actors Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Dermot Mulroney, Lucas Till, Jacki Weaver
Rating67% 3.398453.398453.398453.398453.39845
On her 18th birthday, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska)—a girl with a strong acuteness of the senses—has her life turned upside down after her loving father Richard (Dermot Mulroney) dies in a horrific car accident. India is then left with her unstable mother Evelyn (Nicole Kidman). At Richard's funeral, Evelyn and India are introduced to Richard's charming and charismatic brother Charlie (Matthew Goode), who has spent his life traveling the world. He then announces that he is staying indefinitely to help support India and Evelyn, much to Evelyn's delight and India's chagrin.
Day Trip
Day Trip (2012)
, 18minutes
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Genres Drama, Fantasy
Actors Song Kang-ho
Rating67% 3.3918253.3918253.3918253.3918253.391825
A master (Song Kang-ho) and his student (Jeon Hyo-jung) visit a mountain to practice pansori following a music competition that left the trainee disappointed.
Night Fishing, 33minutes
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Genres Drama, Comedy, Fantasy, Action, Horror, Romance
Actors Lee Jeong-hyeon, Oh Kwang-rok, Kim Hwan-hee
Rating64% 3.2408953.2408953.2408953.2408953.240895
A man casually sets up for a fishing trip at the water's edge. Evening comes and a tug on his line presents him with the body of a woman. While he tries to disentangle himself from the fishing lines, she comes alive. The scene changes and the woman is now a shaman priestess in a funeral ritual for a man who drowned in a river. He speaks through her to his relatives, asking for forgiveness.
Thirst
Thirst (2009)
, 2h13
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Thriller, Fantastic, Horror, Romance
Themes Films about magic and magicians, Medical-themed films, Films about religion, Films about sexuality, Vampires in film
Actors Song Kang-ho, Kim Ok-bin, Shin Ha-kyun, Kim Ok-vin, Eriq Ebouaney, Kim Hae-sook
Rating70% 3.549793.549793.549793.549793.54979
Sang-hyun is a Catholic priest who volunteers at the hospital, providing ministry to the patients. He is well respected for his unwavering faith and dedicated service, but he secretly suffers from overwhelming feelings of doubt and sadness. Sang-hyun volunteers to participate in an experiment to find a vaccine for the deadly Emmanuel Virus (EV). Although the experiment fails disastrously and Sang-hyun is infected with the seemingly fatal disease, he makes a complete and rapid recovery after receiving a blood transfusion.
I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK, 1h45
Directed by Im Soo-jeong, Park Chan-wook, Rain, Jo Yeong-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about psychiatry, Films set in psychiatric hospitals
Actors Im Soo-jeong, Rain, Jo Yeong-wook, Yoo Ho-jeong, Oh Dal-soo
Rating71% 3.550213.550213.550213.550213.55021
The film takes place mostly in a mental institution filled with an eclectic menagerie of patients. Young-goon, a young woman working in a factory constructing radios and who believes herself to be a cyborg, is institutionalized after cutting her wrist and connecting it with a power cord to a wall outlet in an attempt to "recharge" herself, an act that is interpreted as a suicide attempt. Her delusion is characterized by refusing to eat (she instead licks batteries and attempts to administer electric shocks to herself), conversing almost solely with machines and electrical appliances and obsessively listening to her tube radio at night for instruction on how to become a better cyborg. Her apathetic mother is interviewed by the institute's head doctor, to determine the roots of Young-goon's psychosis; despite claiming ignorance of her daughter's delusion (it is later learnt she knew but was too busy to make her seek help), she reveals that Young-goon's mentally ill grandmother had previously been institutionalized for delusions of being a mouse, a trauma that sparks Young-goon's own lapses from reality. As a result, she frequently fantasizes of finding her grandmother and seeking revenge on the "men in white" who took her away.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, 1h52
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Rape and revenge films, Auto-justice, LGBT-related film, Lesbian-related films
Actors Choi Min-sik, Lee Young-ae, Kang Hye-jeong, Tony Barry, Kim Shi-hoo, Yun Jin-seo
Rating75% 3.799163.799163.799163.799163.79916
A Christian musical procession waits outside a prison for Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae), a recently reformed female prisoner, who had been convicted of murdering a young schoolboy, Won-mo. The case, a national sensation because of her young age at the time of the murder and innocent appearance, earns her a lengthy prison sentence, reduced because of her apparent spiritual transformation in prison and her good conduct toward other inmates, results in the nickname of the "Kind-Hearted Geum-Ja". As Lee Geum-ja emerges from prison, she immediately sidesteps the procession, intent on revenge.
Three… Extremes, 2h5
Directed by Fruit Chan (陳果), Takashi Miike, Park Chan-wook
Origin Japon
Genres Thriller, Fantastic, Horror
Actors Bai Ling, Tony Leung Ka-fai, Lee Byung-hun, Tony Leung Chiu-wai, Kang Hye-jeong, Miki Yeung
Rating69% 3.49863.49863.49863.49863.4986
*Dumplings - An aging actress wishing to reclaim her youth goes to a woman who makes dumplings that supposedly have regenerative properties. However, they contain a gruesome secret ingredient.
If You Were Me, 1h50
Directed by Park Chan-wook, Jeong Jae-eun, Park Kwang-su
Genres Drama
Actors Ji Jin-hee, Lee Ji-hyun, Oh Dal-soo, Ryu Seung-soo, Byun Jung-soo
Rating64% 3.2437853.2437853.2437853.2437853.243785
"Crossing" - A disabled man on crutches hobbling along the streets of Sejongno, downtown Seoul. On paralytic actor Kim Moon-joo and disabled theatre group Hwol. Directed by Yeo Kyun-dong (Out to the World).
Oldboy
Oldboy (2003)
, 2h
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Themes Films about education, Films about children, Films about families, Films about sexuality, Films about suicide, Films about school violence
Actors Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jeong, Yu Ji-tae, Yoo Yeon-seok, Yun Jin-seo, Oh Dal-soo
Rating83% 4.1994554.1994554.1994554.1994554.199455
In 1988, businessman Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is arrested for drunken behavior, missing his daughter's 4th birthday. After his friend, Joo-hwan (Ji Dae-han), picks him up from the police station, they go to a phone booth to call home to let Dae-su's family know of his whereabouts. While Joo-hwan is talking to Dae-su's wife on the phone, Dae-su is kidnapped. He wakes up in a solitary confinement in a hotel-like prison. Confined with no human contact or explanation for his kidnapping and frequently gassed with a possibly mind altering drug, Dae-su soon learns through news reports his wife has been murdered, and he is the prime suspect. Dae-su passes the time shadowboxing, planning revenge, and secretly attempting to tunnel out of his cell.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, 2h9
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror, Crime
Themes Medical-themed films, Films about disabilities, Sign-language films, Films about language and translation
Actors Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona, Im Ji-eun, Jung Jae-young, Lee Kan-hee
Rating75% 3.798523.798523.798523.798523.79852
Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun), is a deaf-mute man working in a factory to support his ailing sister (Im Ji-eun), who is in desperate need of a kidney transplant. As Ryu is not a match, and he is laid off from his job, Ryu contacts a black market organ dealer, and agrees to exchange his severance money and one of his own kidneys in exchange for a matching one. The dealers perform the operation, but disappear after taking Ryu's kidney and money. Three weeks later, Ryu learns from his doctor that a donor has been found, but Ryu is unable to afford the operation now.
Joint Security Area, 1h50
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Origin Coree du sud
Genres Drama, War, Thriller, Action, Historical
Actors Lee Young-ae, Lee Byung-hun, Song Kang-ho, Kim Tae-woo, Shin Ha-kyun, Gi Ju-bong
Rating77% 3.899393.899393.899393.899393.89939
The film begins when two North Korean soldiers are killed in the DMZ at a North Korean border house, before Sergeant Lee Soo-hyeok (Lee Byung-hun), a South Korean soldier on border duties, attempts to flee back to the South Korean side. The southern troops rescue him while the gunfire erupts and, two days later, the fragile relationship between the two Koreas now relies on a special investigation conducted by Swiss Army Major Sophie E. Jean (Lee Young-ae) on behalf of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission.