Director Park Chan-wook Shoots a New Short Film with His iPhone


Truthfully, it was only a matter of time before someone out there decided to explore the possibilities of shooting a motion picture with a mobile cellular device. And if anyone was going to attempt such a remarkable feat, I’m very glad it was Park Chan-wook, the director of “Oldboy”, “Thirst”, and the insanely enjoyable albeit entirely mean-spirited thriller “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”. The Associated Press recently reported on this fascinating story, and, not surprisingly, it’s slowly begun filtering through a number of entertainment-oriented websites not unlike the one you’re reading right now. According to their article, “Paranmanjang” — which was co-directed by Park Chan-kyong — cost roughly $133,000 to make, and is slated to open in select South Korean theaters on January 27th.

Here’s a brief synopsis of the plot:

“Paranmanjang,” which means a “life full of ups and downs” in Korean, is about a man transcending his current and former lives. He catches a woman while fishing in a river in the middle of the night. They both end up entangled in the line and he thinks she is dead.

Suddenly, though, she wakes up, strangles him and he passes out. When the woman awakens him, she is wearing his clothing and he hers. She cries and calls him “father.”

How long before someone else decides to make a film using their iPhone? Probably not too long. If you were considering the idea before, you’d better get started before the floodgates burst wide open.

Author: Todd Rigney

Todd was raised on a steady diet of Hollywood blockbusters, late-night Cinemax programming, and USA’s “Up All Night,” which may explain why his taste in movies is more than a little questionable. When he isn’t providing news and reviews for Beyond Hollywood, he can be found lounging lazily on his couch, perched in front of his television, or dwelling in places where direct sunlight can be easily avoided. He's happily married, in his 30's, and totally badass. If you'd like to reach Todd, you can follow him on Twitter or send him email/scoops to todd (at)
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  • B-Flash

    Started doing this with my mate about 2 months ago were using 2 iPhone4 and 2 iPods, it aint easy but because there so small you can do some crazy stuff.

  • Jiggyboy

    Park Chan-Wook did not direct “I Saw the Devil”.

    • Mikeyt

      You beat me to it Jiggyboy…It was Kim Ji-Woon of “A Bittersweet Life” fame who directed “I Saw the Devil”. Come on Todd you’re better than that.