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Creator / Park Chan-wook

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Park Chan-wook (born August 23, 1963) is an acclaimed Korean filmmaker best known for his film adaptation of Oldboy. The film 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 Quentin Tarantino giving his work the Colbert Bump.

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




Tropes common in his works:

  • Anti-Hero: Especially present in the Vengeance Trilogy, but not unheard of in his other works.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: A meta example. Park seems to be quiet and thoughtful himself and has emphasized his antipathy to any kind of violence on several occasions, still his movies deal with disturbing topics and don't shy from graphic depictions of cruelty.
  • Bittersweet Ending/Downer Ending: His movies tend to end either way.
  • Black Comedy: Loads of it.
  • Central Theme: For the Vengeance Trilogy it's Revenge Is Not Justice; characters loose everything in the pursuit of payback.
  • Creator Backlash: He has stated several times that he is embarrassed about his first two features The Moon Is... the Sun's Dream and Trio.

Tropes commonly Subverted in his works include: