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4. Evaluation and reflection

This post will be an evaluation on ‘I saw the Devil’.

Title: I Saw the Devil

Director: Jee-Woon Kim

Release date: 2010

I’ve seen this film during my lecture and was shocked. Our lecturer told us that the film wasn’t scary but a thriller. It was so gory and violent, the main character Kyung-Chul played by actor Min-Sik Choi portrayed a psycho very well. The use of blood was too much to handle as the audience were making noises every time something disgusting and gory happened. The storyline was captivating and gory at the same time. I wanted to close my eyes at some points in the film but I didn’t want to miss out on the action. However the storyline had become confusing during the last 40 minutes of the film and I couldn’t catch what was going on and also the length of the film dragged. There were times where I laughed, there were some emotive sad parts when the male protagonist Kim Soo-hyeon played by Byung-hun Lee found his wife’s ring in the gutter where she had been murdered. I had found myself on the edge of my seat as were others in the room. I would recommend to gore lovers to watch this film.

I saw the Devil (2010)

Here is a clip of the trailer of the film.

The Trailer:

Reflection:

By watching this film I have learned that other types of cinema are appealing and worth the watch because it’s not only hollywood that produces good films. I have to give other constitutions a chance because the quality of ‘I saw the Devil’ was good and the script was as well, however the extremities of the gore was a little overwhelming and because this film is Korean they would have different ratings for certification whereas in Hollywood and British Cinema some of the scene would be cut or re-edited.

5. Other

In this post I will be looking at the work of Luc Besson, he has written films such as ‘The fifth Element’ “Leon’ and ‘Taken’. Besson’s work consists of writing, directing and producing. Here are some of the films he has written and directed himself. Leon is a film about an assassin who takes in a young girl after her family are killed by a drug gang. He trains her to defend herself however, she falls in love with him and they plan to kill her family’s killers.

The Fifth Element is about a taxi driver who meets a young woman and together they must find four stones that could stop the Earth from being attacked.

Leon the Professional (1994)

The Fifth Element (1997)

Taken (2008)

Although he has directed films, I want to look into his writing, Besson’s style of writing is fast-paced action as well as stylish. This is because he specialises in thriller, sci-fi and action films he has also an animated film called  ‘A monster in Paris’ (2011).

Besson manages to put French influence into his scripts because of his background for example in Leon the main character is French, in Taken the story takes place in Paris, France. Also in relation to these two films Young girls are stripped of their innocence by being forced to be adult both relying on a strong male character to save them from the ‘bad guys’.

Besson, was born in Paris he moved to the US aged 19 and learned to work on film. He also includes characters that are solitary  “sensitive, poorly socialized heroes who, faced with the unjust thwarting of their desire, are forced to exact savage retribution.”  This explains why Leon lives on his own and has no wife or children, his friend is a plant until Matilda comes along. The film Leon is written as a thriller something that Besson is known for, he tends to make his characters a gritty and the male characters especially are strong and seem to carry weapons.

His success has awarded him an Academy Award for The Big Blue (1989); Lumiere Award 1999 for The Fifth Element; Lumiere Award for Joan of Arc (2000) The film A Monster in Paris was nominated for a Cesar Award in 2012, he has been nominated and won many prestige awards for best screenplay.

Upcoming projects:

These are the upcoming films that Luc Besson is working on at the moment, it has been announced that there is going to be a Taken 3 (I wonder what will happen this time?) The films listed below are not directed by him but written by him.

Malavita- 2013 (Writer)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2404311/

Three Days to Kill – ??? (Writer)

Brick Mansions-2014 (Writer)

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1430612/

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/luc_besson/biography.php

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/20/movies/20wolf.html

3. Analysis

Good Boys– Click on this link to view the short film.

Directed by: Jonas Akerlund

This is a short film by the Swedish filmmaker Jonas Akerlund, Jonas Akerlund has made music videos for The Prodigy, Lady Gaga,The Rolling Stones, Madonna etc. He is known for his controversial style e.g The Prodigy ‘Smack My Bitch up’ Music video which was banned.

The film is stylised as a black and white silent movie, there is no dialogue other films like this would be ‘The Great Train Robbery’ 1903 directed by Edwin Porter, it was one of the first films to have a narrative. What makes Good boys differ from ‘The Great Train Robbery’ is the use of shots and more scenes, there are more props and and characters and extras. The is music on Good boys this to keep the audience entertained since there is no dialogue.

The narrative is about a White Clown who is in love with a Ballerina who he works with in the circus. However, there is a Black who is also in love with her as well, they both fight for ‘supremacy’ and one of the them dies.

 

Characters: The White Clown is the one who meets his tragic end as he fights over the love of his life. The Black Clown is the one who had the girls but kills the White Clown. The Ballerina falls in love with the White Clown as he dies and promises to never betray him.

Symbolism: The use of using the Black Clown and the White Clown could symbolise Good Vs Bad

White Clown= Good

Black Clown= Bad

The White Clown wears his heart on his costume and gives it away to the Ballerina this is to obviously symbolise love since the film is silent the actions have to be obvious compared to a film that does have diegetic sound.

Clowns are used to entertain people and this film is showing a personal side to the White Clown’s story – his love life- and because he is in a dilemma people are mocking him and laughing at his expense regardless or his professional life.

Techniques:

The use of shots are interesting due to close up shots used, a conventional silent film would not be good in terms of camera angles there are wide angles and close up angles that’s used a lot to convey emotion to the audience. There is no panning because the film still sticks to the conventions of silent film.

 

http://www.jonasakerlund.com/short-filmstv/#good-boys-short-film

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BpfydZdTE0

youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oTdPklBE0Y

 

2.Research

This post will be research on Wes Anderson, a famous director who has made films such as Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. Fox, Rushmore, Moonrise Kingdom, etc. Anderson was in 1969, Houston, Texas he made his first  feature length film Rushmore in 1998.

wes-anderson

Films:

Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

The Darjeeling Limited

Films:

The Darjeeling Limited was written by Wes Anderson Roman Coppola and Jason Schwartzman. It’s about three brothers who take a trip to India to Bond and also find their mother who lives there.

Wes Anderson originally came up with three separate ideas and only when he collaborated with Coppola and Schwartzman did this idea turn to The Darjeeling Limited.

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Characters: Tend to be quirky and funny, his characters are from a middle class backgrounds (see Moonrise Kingdom) who either want to break away or be accepted and seek approval from an authoritative figure such as Father.

Style: Wes Anderson’s style is unique as he like using certain techniques in all of his films. e.g the use of the dolly and getting a smooth pan, he likes showing actions that are happening at the same time but in a different room with this technique.

He likes using slow motion shots at some point in his film usually at the end however, in The Darjeeling Limited the slow motion shots are in the middle of the film instead of the end.

Here is a video on YouTube that shows these shots. 

Awards:

Fantastic Mr. Fox was nominated for an Oscar and it won Cristal Award and Audience Award for best feature in 2010

Moonrise Kingdom was nominated for Palme d’Or Award at the Cannes Film festival 2012

Rushmore won Lone star and Television Award in 1999 for Best Director

Actors:

Wes Anderson uses the same actors in his films such as Owen Wilson and Luke Wilson, Bill Murray, Anjelica Huston and many more.  He can be compared to Directors such as Tim Burton, Tim Burton uses the same actors especially Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham- Carter because they seem to fit into the characters that he writes about. Wes Anderson collaborates not only with actors but with the same production crews’.

    

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0027572/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0027572/bio#trademark

http://rushmoreacademy.com/library/wes-anderson/