Creator / Park Chan Wook

Park Chan-wook is an acclaimed Korean filmmaker best known for his film-adaptation of Oldboy. The movie Joint Security Area instantly made him one of his homecountry's most beloved directors and he has since then made several more films that met with great commercial success and critical acclaim, no thanks to Big Name Fan Quentin Tarantino giving his movies the Colbert Bump.

His style is marked by explicit violence and sexuality interwoven with tragedy akin to Shakespeare (he has stated that Shakespeare is one of his influences) and lots of black humor. Not exactly something for the kids.


Tropes common to his works include:

  • Anti-Hero: Especially present in the movies of the vengeance trilogy, but not unheard of in his other works.
  • Production Posse: He often collaborates with Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun and Choi Min-sik. Chung-hoon Chung has been his cinematographer since Oldboy
  • Revenge: His Vengeance Trilogy thoroughly explores this theme from several angles.
  • So My Kids Can Watch: One of the reasons why he made I'm a Cyborg was so his daughter would be able to see one of his films.
  • Thematic Series: Sympathy for Mr. Vegeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Tropes commonly Subverted in his works include: