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'Three, Monster' is invited to the 37th International Film Festival of Catalonia.

2004/11/16 | Permalink | Source

An omnibus movie 'Three, Monster' of three directors Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike, and Fruit Chan is invited to the 37th International Film Festival of Catalonia to be held in Catalonia, Spain on Dec. 2.

The International Film Festival of Catalonia's Secretariat has announced recently a total of invitation films list including Asia movies such as 'Three, Monster' and 'Birth' etc.

Invitation to the 37th International Film Festival of Catalonia
This International Film Festival of Catalonia is one of the three largest international Fantasy film festivals in the world along with The Fantas Porto-Oporto International Film Festival in Portugal and The Brussels International Festival of Fantasy in Belgium.

"Three, Monster", a compilation of short films by East Asian directors, is probably the most aesthetic of horror films to open in theaters this year.

The three directors who participated in this project _ Park Chan-wook of South Korea, Takashi Miike of Japan and Fruit Chan of Hong Kong - figure out ways to not as much terrify the audience as attempt to disturb them on a psychological level.

The films of "Three, Monster" all work from the same premise _ that the source for the horrific lies not outside but within the individual.

The results have somewhat of a biblical feel, with the directors casting their interpretations on greed, envy, desire and other deadly sins that can transform people into monsters.

A compilation of short films by East Asian directors

The most original and polished of the three is the first. "Cut", directed by Park, is a continuation of the revenge theme that the filmmaker has been exploring in his recent films "Chiltunun Naui Him" ("Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance") and "Old Boy". The short film, however, takes a slyer approach than his features, and gives center stage to the black humor Park only hinted at previously.

"Cut" is a literal theater of cruelty, in which a failed actor credited only as the Terrorist (Im Won-hee) holds a director (Lee Byung-hun) captive at a film set, a recreation of the Director's own home.

There, the Terrorist has elaborately tied up the Director's wife, the Pianist (Kang Hye-jung), in front of a piano, and a random child on a sofa. He then gives the Director a choice - either strangle the innocent child or watch as he chops off one of the Pianist's fingers every five minutes...

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