According to Fangoria, who quotes a Hollywood Reporter article that I’m unable to find, South Korean director Chan-wook Park (“Oldboy”, the “Sympathy” films) will be directing a Korean vampire movie to star Song Kang-ho (“The Host”) as “a priest who becomes transformed into a bloodsucker due to a failed medical experiment, and winds up having an affair with a friend’s wife.” I have no idea how one gets transformed into a vampire via a medical experiment, or why the character ending up having an affair with his friend’s wife is really all that important. Unless, of course, Chan-wook Park plans on doing a really unconventional vampire movie, in which case, sure, I guess.
I found more information about the upcoming movie (originally called “Evil Live”, but that seems to have fallen by the wayside in favor of the Korean title “Bakjwi”) at DreadCentral, who writes:
Park [said] that the film is now called Bakjwi (there is no English title yet), and is about a vampire who falls in love with the wife of his best human friend. All right, not the sort of gritty, hardcore vampire film we might expect from the director of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, but then love can be a pretty ugly thing…
The director said he hopes to have the film in the can for Sitges 2008, so we’ll keep our ears and eyes open for more between now and then!
And finally, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year, Park had this to say about “Evil Live”:
I feel like it is my destiny to make a vampire film. It feels like a natural direction. People around me nodded in agreement when I first told them about the project.
So now you know all about Chan-wook Park’s “Evil Live”, aka “Bakjwi”. Or at least, you know as much as we know.