Park Chan-Wook isn't exactly known for doing things the small way -- 'Oldboy,' 'Thirst,' and the other films for which the Korean auteur is known are all brashly cinematic Grand Guignols, larger than life sagas flecked with opera, dizzying camera movements, and oceans of blood. We'd sooner have guessed that his next film would be shot on 70mm than an iPhone 4, but we would have been very, very wrong. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Park's latest work -- a 30-minute film called 'Paranmanjang' ("Ups and Downs") -- was shot entirely on the latest incarnation of Apple's hugely popular mobile phone, and that the short is already complete and hitting Korean theaters for a brief run later this month.
And when we say that 'Paranmanjang' was shot entirely on an iPhone 4, we mean that 'Paranmanjang' was shot entirely on an iPhone 4. According to Park, who spoke to the Korean press following a screening of the film, "From hunting for a film location, shooting auditions, to doing a documentary on the filming process, everything was shot with the iPhone 4. We went through all the same film-making processes except that the camera was small."