If you’re a fan of Korean cinema (especially the millennium thriller wave) then you should be pretty familiar with one of its legends - Park Chan Wook. He was the director behind the very famous vengeance trilogy: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. He also directed and produced many successful films such as Joint Security Area, I am Cyborg but That’s Okay, and the winner of a Cannes award: Thirst.
For 6 years, Park Chan Wook disappeared from the Korean film industry. He was too busy trying to gain international fame through his several Hollywood projects (Like 2013’s Stroker starring Mia Wasikowska and Nicole Kidman). Recently, it has been announced that he will come back to his roots with Agasshi. The plot isn't too clear yet. The film is described to be a dark twisted journey (like all of Park’s older films) surrounding the lives of two men and two women.
None of the cast has been announced yet, this film will be an adaptation of Sarah Waters’ novel Fingersmith that already witnessed an earlier version by BBC. This film is highly anticipated by those who appreciate Park Chan Wook’s skills, especially since this will be written, directed and produced by him. So we’re set to expect a pure Park piece.
I know that many people consider Park Chan Wook’s style as “hardcore”, especially with all the gore he uses as main elements to drive the plot, but he always leaves meaningful messages in his plots. He’s without a doubt, one of South Korea’s master directors when it comes to storytelling and compelling developments. If you don’t know this director yet, then I'd recommend you to start with Joint Security Area (It’s less brutal/gorey than his other productions) and see if he fits your taste.
Agasshi will begin filming next year, and it will probably be released in Korean theaters in late 2015, or early 2016.
So is Agasshi on your dramalist? Are you excited about the great Park Chan Wook's return to Korean Cinema?