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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.