Thursday, October 28, 2021

South Korea’s Bong Joon-ho: ‘I don’t trust myself’ as a director

BUSAN, South Korea, October 7 (WNN) — He is one of South Korea’s most acclaimed directors and a household name around the world, but Bong Joon-ho said on Thursday that making films is a nerve-wracking experience.

“The whole process of making my films is an expression of concern,” Bong said during a panel discussion at the 26th Busan International Film Festival, which runs until October 15.

“I’m anxious all the time. I’m always trying to get out, trying to figure out how I can survive the moment,” he said.

Autobiography Whose 2019 parasites became the first foreign language film to win Best Picture at the Academy Awards, responding to an audience member who asked if he had any weaknesses as a director.

After more than two decades behind the camera, Bong said he is constantly concerned about whether the choices he made will appeal to audiences.

“For the subject matter or feelings I wish to transcend, [I wonder if] Should I say this in the film?” he said in the translated comment. “Even if I want to explain these stories to the audience, people probably won’t be interested.

“I’m worried about every single decision I make, because I don’t trust myself.”

The South Korean director said that once a film gets into the editing and post-production process, he is able to view it more objectively.

“There comes a time when the shooting gets done and it is out of my control,” he said. “When the movie has left me, I’m really no longer afraid of anxiety.”

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The 52-year-old made this comment during a one-on-one discussion with Japanese director Ryusuke Hamaguchi, who is showing a pair of highly acclaimed films at this year’s festival: wheel of fortune and imagination, which won the Silver Bear Award at the Berlin Film Festival, and drive my carAwarded Best Screenplay at Cannes.

Hamaguchi, 42, admitted that he feels the same way as his fellow director when he is behind the lens.

“I’m like-minded,” Hamaguchi said. “I am a collection of worries.”

The director said that he has come up with several strategies to address his concerns while making the film.

“I tried hard to get more time [to shoot the film], “he said. “I rehearse actors over and over again.”

Their discussion was part of a wide slate of individual events at this year’s festival, which is screening 223 films from 70 countries.

Bong is not showing any new work, but South Korea’s most prominent filmmakers have so far made notable appearances at the festival. He also appeared at Wednesday’s opening ceremony, in which he presented veteran director Im Kwon-taek with the Asian Film Producer of the Year award.

The film industry is still awaiting the confirmation of Bong’s next release. He previously teased some upcoming projects, including an English language parasites Series for HBO and a Korean full-length animated film about deep-sea creatures.


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