films seen
8
average score
2.75*
nationality
South Korea - 58 years old
status
Alive and kicking
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The good stuff

I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Ssa-i-bo-geu-ji-man-gwen-chan-a
Specifics
2006 / 105m - South Korea
Genre
Comedy, Action
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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I'm a Cyborg, but That's OK poster

Quirky characters, smart ideas and plenty of creativity make for a fun, surprising and fast-paced comedy with enough charm and heart to keep everything glued together.

Stoker

by Chan-wook Park
Specifics
2013 / 98m - USA
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
4.0*/5.0*
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Stoker poster

Stoker was a very pleasant discovery. I didn't expect too much from it, but from the very first moments the film pulled me in and never let go after that.

Solid pieces

The Handmaiden

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Ah-ga-ssi
Specifics
2016 / 145m - South Korea
Genre
Romance, Thriller
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
The Handmaiden poster

Three... Extremes

by Fruit Chan, Takashi Miike, Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Saam Gaang Yi
Specifics
2004 / 125m - Hong Kong
Genre
Horror
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rating
3.5*/5.0*
Three... Extremes poster

Sequel to the famous horror anthology that repeats the setup of the original and brings together three respected directors from three different Asian countries. Takashi Miike represents Japan, Fruit Chan is there for Hong Kong and Chan-wook Park is the South-Korean delegate. It's also my order of preference.

Miike's short is by far the most eye-popping. Though Miike has a reputation for being weird and extreme, Box is quite the opposite. It's a very subdued, stylish and classy short that demonstrates once again there's really nothing Miike can't do. If he had expanded this to a full-length feature, it would no doubt be one of his very best films.

Chan's Dumplings is a nasty little short that looks gorgeous (thanks to the help of Christopher Doyle), but works better in its feature-length form. Finally, there's Park's entry, the only big disappointment of this anthology. Not that I expected a lot, but it comes off really bland and uninspired compared to the other two. Still, if you're looking for a neat and varied horror project, you can't really go wrong with this one.

Dubious filler

Thirst

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Bakjwi
Specifics
2009 / 135m - South Korea
Genre
Romance, Horror
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Thirst poster

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Boksuneun Naui Geot
Specifics
2002 / 129m - South Korea
Genre
Action, Thriller
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rating
2.0*/5.0*
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance poster

Plain forgettable

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Chinjeolhan Geumjassi
Specifics
2005 / 115m - South Korea
Genre
Thriller, Crime
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance poster

Oldboy

by Chan-wook Park
Also known as
Oldeuboi
Specifics
2003 / 120m - South Korea
Genre
Mystery, Thriller
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rating
1.5*/5.0*
Oldboy poster