News Smartmoviemakers, , , , , — January 17, 2011 21:43 — 2 Comments

Cinema release for iPhone 4 movie

Park Chan-Wook's latest film has been shot entirely on the iPhone 4

So, the iPhone 4 is not just an expensive toy.

We knew that anyway, but when award-winning South Korean director Park Chan-Wook, whose credits include the 2003 Oldboy, Lady Vengeance and Thirst comes along and says he shot a 30-minute feature on the iPhone 4 with a $133,000 budget, the world takes notice.

A lucky few will even get to see ‘Paranmanjang’ (translates as ’a life full of ups and downs’ in Korean) when it’s shown in South Korean cinemas from 27 January for 10 days.

This will be the first ever film shot on an iPhone to be given a cinema release.

Obviously Park brings with him an expertise and professionalism assembled from directing a dozen films (he has written more), but it is still an achievement, especially when he revealed that members of the crew also contributed to the filming with their own iPhones.

He shot scenes simultaneously using two iPhones, albeit with Canon zoom lenses attached,  and co-directed with his brother, Park Chan-Kyong.

“Some of them had an unexpectedly interesting angle,” the Cannes winner told AFP, describing the process as more democratic since everyone with a smartphone took part.

The  film is said to have the same picture resolution as conventional movies but took just 80 people and 10 days to create.

Paranmanjang is about a man transcending his current and former lives. He catches a woman while fishing in a river in the middle of the night. They both end up entangled in the line and he thinks she is dead.

Suddenly, though, she wakes up, strangles him and he passes out. When the woman awakens him, she is wearing his clothing and he hers. She cries and calls him “father”.

Park was keen to stress that the medium would not outweigh the message. “Making a film with smartphones might generate more interest at the moment. But as time goes by, stories and actors on screen will be seen as more important,” he told South Korean news agency Yonhap.

The making of Paranmanjang

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.


  1. Lian CenZano says:

    Here in my facebook page i present to all of u guys
    The first iphone 4 film in spanish i hope u enjoy it. Look
    It in youtube too UN AMPLIO MALETERO

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