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from Global News Journal:

Blood-suckers and blood-thirsty revenge: an interview with South Korean director Park Chan-wook

South Korean director Park Chan-wook talked vampires and the movie industry at an interview with Reuters in Seoul this week as his movie “Thirst” prepares to enter the competition at the Cannes International Film Festival which opens today. Park’s movie “Oldboy” won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004 and this is his first film in competition since then.

"Thirst" stars Song Kang-ho and Kim Ok-vin  as a priest turned vampire and a femme fatale respectively.

Here is a transcript of the Reuters interview with Park,  translated from Korean.

 SPOILER ALERT: About halfway through this interview, Park speaks about the ending for “Thirst”

Cannes Fare 9 – “Diddy” Combs and Charlie Kaufman’s debut


Heading into the final weekend at the Cannes film festival, Sean “Diddy” Combs hits town, and writer Charlie Kaufman (“Adaptation”) has made his directorial debut with “Synechdoche, New York.” That’s prounounced sin-ek-duh-kee.


Zombies invade Cannes!


cannes-008.jpgWhat exactly makes a Cannes film? If you scroll down the Fan Fare blog, you may see a comment on our “‘Indiana Jones’ avoids critical mauling, but…” posting that ponders why such a big event Hollywood movie would play at a festival like Cannes that is known for more art-oriented cinema.

I cannot tell you what Cannes festival programmers think, but I can tell you that in 15 years of writing about movies and 10 cannes-006.jpgyears of covering festivals, that type of comment generally has several answers. Festival directors often say big Hollywood movies bring big Hollywood stars, which can draw attention both to the festival and the art films that may not otherwise be seen. Moreover, what’s a festival for, if not to bring a wide variety of movies to the people who are attending.

24 interviews, 1 morning, 6 movie junkets


ford3.jpgWelcome to the world of the movie junket. Ever see “Notting Hill”, where Hugh Grant waits around in a swanky hotel waiting for his few minutes with the stars of a new movie?

It’s a reasonable representation of the “junket”, a rather unflattering but nonetheless apposite term to describe the short TV interviews studios organise to give news channels crowd.jpgand agencies access to stars. The reason: news media need soundbites for their stories.

Indy movie avoids critical mauling, but…


cannes20088.jpgSo, we finally saw the new Indiana Jones movie, which is the biggest show in town at the Cannes film festival this year.

There was a scramble to get into the packed press screening, with reporters waiting up to two hours to ensure a spot, and reviewers were sending out their opinions on the internet within an hour of it finishing.

Cannes Fare – Indy’s premiere


Highlights from Day 4, and the premiere of “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”

Cannes Fare – Angelina Jolie, Kung Fu Panda and Steve McQueen


Highlights of Reuters coverage of the second full day of the Cannes film festival.


French law up in smoke in Cannes


cannes20085.jpgCannes jury president Sean Penn defied French anti-smoking laws on Wednesday, lighting up a cigarette at a news conference at the start of the Cannes film festival.

Joined by French actress and fellow jury member Jeanne Balibar sitting next to him, Penn needed little persuading after one of the journalists present asked facetiously whether people with medical needs would be allowed to smoke.

Panda sensation on Cannes pier


cannes20084.jpgcannes20083.jpgAround 40 extras dressed in giant panda suits waddled on to the pier outside the Carlton Hotel in Cannes with actor Jack Black on Wednesday to promote Dreamworks’ animated feature “Kung Fu Panda”.

The stunt, carefully orchestrated and watched by dozens of photographers and camera crews, underlined the importance of the world’s biggest film festival for promoting movies which have nothing to do with the main competition.

Stress builds as Cannes kicks off


cannes20082.jpgIt is just over 12 hours until kickoff for the world’s press in Cannes covering this year’s film festival. Looking out from a swanky Wifi cafe at the Palais des Festivals, the view is the picture of tranquility — gleaming yachts bob up and down in the marina, couples stroll along the Croisette seafront as the sun sets, and glamorous girls serve coffee to reporters still tapping away at their laptops.

The calm won’t last. Reporters are advised to start limbering up for their first scrum. That is likely to be a “media event”, otherwise known as a chaotic stunt, to publicise “Kung Fu Panda“, a Hollywood animation comedy coming to town. Minutes later, there is the press screening of the opening film “Blindness”, which officially gets the 2008 edition of the festival underway.