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Aja Lines Up Another Remake
Posted on 04.07.06 by David @ 8:13 am

Alexandre AjaAlexandre Aja’s debut feature, “Haute Tension,” had a final twist that excited and irritated viewers in equal measure, but no one could deny the skill and talent behind the thrills, and the enthusiasm behind the gruesome set pieces. Aja’s second work, the remake of Wes Craven’sThe Hills Have Eyes,” has also been well received.

However, there are now reports that Aja has been signed to direct another remake - this time of the J-Horror inspired Korean ghost thriller “Into the Mirror.” Obviously, at this stage there’s no way to judge the merits of the film, but Aja should be wary making yet another Asian horror remake, especially after just coming off a remake. Unoriginal remakes may be where the money is at in Hollywood these days, but it’s no way to enhance your reputation as a creative up-and-coming filmmaker. Aja might want to think hard about where he wants his career to go before he finds himself helming the latest “Charlie’s Angels.”

::: Alex Aja Looks ‘Into the Mirror’… and Sees Another Remake, April 6, 2006

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Arrow in the Head Interviews Park Chan-Wook
Posted on 03.03.06 by David @ 9:28 am

Arrow in the Head recently interviewed Park Chan-wook about his past and future projects.

::: INT: Park Chanwook
Matt Withers, Arrow in the Head, February 28, 2006

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NYFF: Q&A With Director Park Chan Wook on ‘Sympathy for Lady Vengeance’ (친절한 금자씨) - SPOILERS
Posted on 11.04.05 by Charlie @ 3:21 am

Park Chan-wook

On October 2nd, at a special screening of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (친절한 금자씨) at the New York Film Festival (you can read an in-depth review of the film here), Park Chan Wook participated in a Q&A session with the help of a translator. I copied it all down as fast as I could write, but understand this is a rough transcript, and also note that if you haven’t seen the film, be warned there are SPOILERS in this Q&A:

Sympathy for Lady VengeanceIntroduction: After noting that Sympathy for Lady Vengeance was the 3rd film in a trilogy on vengeance (with Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance), Park Chan Wook said: “Whenever I start off a new film, the first thing I think is how to be different from what I’ve just done. After JSA, I wanted to do something very cold.”

Oldboy was visually abundant, more warm than Mr. Vengeance. Lady Vengeance is different from all of my previous films because it has a woman as the protagonist.”

Question: “When did you find an actress for the role and did you bring her into script-writing as well?”

Park Chan Wook: “[Yeong Ae] Lee was also in JSA. In that film, I regretted that I didn’t have the chance to delve into her possibilities [as an actress]. She wanted to do something more provocative.”

Lee Young-ae

Park Chan Wook said that after bringing her on board for Lady Vengeance “She read each script as it came out, and would discuss things she didn’t understand.”

Question: “Were the references to broken glasses in Lady Vengeance a reference to Battleship Potemkin?”

Park Chan Wook: “No. There’s only one homage in the film — when she’s taking the teacher to school. They turn left, and in the car the people in the car sway around, similar to Hitchcock’s The Birds, when birds swing in the background.” (Click Here To Read More…)

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