It all started with a challenge: Can you really make a worthy film with a smartphone camera? Korean legend Park Chan-wook (OLDBOY) provides evidence for this with NIGHT FISHING, a 30-minute-film, that got him him and his brother Park Chan-kyong the Best Short Film Award this year in Berlin. The story about a lone fisherman, whose quiet evening ends with a grisly discovery, an absurd encounter and a mysterious ritual, is brilliantly accompanied by the music of the UhUhBoo Project, who also start the film off with a performance. Indeed Park used only images shot with the camera of an iPhone 4. But if you set out to do the same thing, be warned that besides the Park brothers were also equipped with dozens of helpers, two brilliant actors and massive amounts of complex technical gear. And, most important of all, they are masters at creating suspense, comedy and drama. But nonetheless: The mobile phone film is out of the doghouse and has arrived in arthouse cinemas.
Night Fishing: Paranmanjang
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Selected filmography Chan-wook Park
J.S.A.: Joint Security Area (2000), Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), Lady Vengeance (2005), I'm a Cyborg, But That's OK (2006), Thirst (2009)