Saturday, September 4, 2010


Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-Ho ("Memories of Murder", "The Host", "Mother") is probably one of the best directors in the world right now. I saw "Mother" in Seoul last summer, and afterward there were a few hours where I felt like giving up on filmmaking cause...what's the point when there's a Bong Joon-Ho out there?

He's especially awesome at deconstructing/manipulating/combining/reinventing genres, but this short from "Tokyo!" proves that he's also quite a romantic. The last moment from this poetic little film is like the best on-screen Murakami moment not actually based on a Murakami novel.

Speaking of Murakami, Tran Ahn Hung's highly-anticipated adaption of "Norwegian Wood" premiered in Venice this week. It was shot by Taiwan's master director of photography Mark Lee-Pin Bing, and scored by Radiohead's Jonny Greenwood. Woah.

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