Wednesday, March 21, 2007

J.S.A. (2000, Chan-wook Park)

"In the DMZ separating North and South Korea, two North Korean soldiers have been killed, supposedly by one South Korean soldier"

This is another great film from Chan-wook Park who is quickly becoming one of my favorite directors and in my opinion the best new filmmaker out there.

This film has all the things that I love about Park. It's a perfect mixture of art and entertainment and it's one of those films that a normal person can see and say it's great and a film buff can watch it and say it's also great. It has enough visual style, yet it never rams it down your throat. It also has some symbolism, but it also doesn't ram it down your throat. These types of films are the best in my opinion. I respect and love any director who manages to put enough of his personality in his film without ever being in your face and flashy.

J.S.A. is a film that is really hard not to like. It's a very tense but also heartwarming and heartbreaking film. The amount of love we get for these characters is great. What is even more great is the amount of love we get for these characters interacting with each other. It establishes such an innocent and sweet friendship that really makes you cringe as you know that it's going to end badly for everyone.

It's a buddy film, it's an action film, it's a comedy, it's a mystery, it's a thriller. It's just a damn good film and my favorite from Park so far.

- ****

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