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Park Chan-wook’s most embarrassing DVD

This week’s Time Out has a brief interview with Park Chan-wook, to celebrate the UK DVD release of Thirst. The subject? His 2,000-strong DVD collection.

For an obscure recommendation from his shelves, Park tips Sanjay Gupta’s Zinda, the Bollywood film that seems to be based on Oldboy. “A man, taken and locked up for 14 years without any sane reason, is suddenly released, and has 4 days to figure out why this was done to him,” reads the synopsis at IMDB. Sound familiar? Plus, the hammer is a bit of a giveaway.

MASH poster“What’s the most embarrassing DVD in your collection?” asks Derek Adams. M*A*S*H, says Director Park, because it presents such a distorted picture of Korea and the Koreans.

And his perfect night in?

Watching a Yasujiro Ozu film with my wife and daughter, and a glass of Burgundy

Make like Park Chan-wook, and pay a visit to the BFI’s Ozu season, till 27 February.

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