Director Park Chan-wook says movies made for the big screen should be seen in theaters

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SEOUL, May 29 (Yonhap) — South Korean author Park Chan-wook said at a press conference in Cannes, France on Saturday (French time) that the future of cinema is closely tied to that of movie theaters, which bring incomparable cinematic performance. live.

“Our experience of focusing entirely on one film and enjoying it with many people in a cinema hall is beyond compare,” he said at a press conference after the closing ceremony of the 75th Festival. of Cannes. He won the Best Director award for his latest feature ‘Decision to Leave’ at the ceremony.

“Every work has its own platform,” said Park, who has made various non-film endeavors with other media, such as the spy thriller TV series “The Little Drummer Girl” (2018) and the short film martial arts film “Life is But a Dream” (2022) shot entirely on an iPhone. “A film made for the big screen should be seen in the cinema.”

The comments came after he expressed his respect for the global film industry which weathered the COVID-19 pandemic for years in his acceptance speech after winning the Best Director award.

“Fans weren’t visiting movie theaters, but that was when we realized the value of cinema,” he said. “As we have the hope and the power to overcome this pandemic, I believe that we filmmakers will keep theaters and cinema alive for good.”

He said his movie “Decision to Leave” was inspired by crime novels about Swedish fictional detective Martin Beck written by Maj Sjowall and Per Wahloo, and the Korean song “Mist,” which is the movie’s title track.

“I came up with the idea to make a detective film led by a considerate and polite detective (like Martin Beck) and a romance film with the old Korean song ‘Mist’,” he said. “This film is made from these two wishes that I made.”

Starring Chinese actress Tang Wei from “Lust, Caution” (2007) and Korean actor Park Hae-il from “Memories of Murder” (2003), “Decision to Leave” is about a detective who suspects a mysterious widow in a murder case and later falls in love with her after days of being watched.

It is one of Park’s films that has female lead characters, along with ‘Lady Vengeance’ (2005) and ‘The Handmaiden’ (2016).

He said that the mood of the film changes in the second half and the heroine of the film becomes the main speaker of the film to bring the story to the climax.

“The mysterious and seductive woman, who is subject to the observation of the man in the first half of the film, drives the plot and moves to the center of the story,” he said. “That’s the most important point I want to say in this movie.”

With the last directing prize, the 58-year-old director collected a total of three titles in Cannes competition, including the Grand Prix, second prize at the festival, for his thriller “Oldboy” in 2003. He also became the second South Korean director to win in the category, after acclaimed filmmaker Im Kwon-taek for the historical drama “Chihwaseon” in 2002.

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