Short Film Review: Life is But a Dream (2022) by Park Chan-wook

To point out off the video seize capabilities on their new flagship telephone, Apple commissioned just a few administrators from completely different elements of the world to every make a brief movie, shot solely utilizing their new iPhone 13 Professional telephone. One such director was Korean maestro Park Chan-wook, who went forward a made “Life is However a Dream”, a brief solely out of his consolation zone.

At nighttime of the evening, a villager digs up an outdated grave and robs it of the high-quality lacquer coffin, an motion which awakens the spirit of the individual buried with it, an umbrella-wielding swordsman. The swordsman follows the villager house, adamant on killing him and taking his coffin again however hesitates when the villagers pleads for his life and tells him that he stole the coffin to put to relaxation a benevolent individual, a lady often called the White Marten, who saved the villagers from the clutches of a loanshark. Listening to the story, the swordsman decides to spare the person and take again his coffin, however now, the spirit of the White Marten refuses to let the swordsman take the coffin, which she now deems her property and last resting place, and the 2 determine to battle it out between themselves.

Park has proven us his comedic aptitude up to now with movies like “I’m a Cyborg however That’s OK”, whereas additionally infusing his darker thrillers with sturdy darkish humour. Martial arts fantasies are uncharted waters for the prolific director, however he makes use of a comedic tone to make for a enjoyable, pleasurable brief movie. With a lot occurring when it comes to the story, the martial arts is relegated to merely a pair very brief scenes, however they’re nicely accomplished nonetheless. One does nonetheless want that for a brief marketed as a martial arts fantasy, there have been extra such scenes to satiate the viewers. 

With simply three key characters, Park enlists Yoo Hae-jin, Park Jung-min and his “Thirst” actress Kim Okay-bin. The three appear to have been instructed to go ever so barely over-the-top with their performances in a mo lei tau trend, all three of who’re pleased to oblige for essentially the most half. However the true motive of this wanting course just isn’t presupposed to be its storyline or appearing, however the cinematography which is supposed to exhibit the prowess of the iPhone 13 Professional’s video digital camera.

That is the place the brief movie shines, with Park utilizing nearly each trick that makes some extent of proving simply what the digital camera can do. Excessive close-ups exhibit the delicacy of each Park’s and Kim’s skins and each strand of their eyebrows and lashes are richly seen. Evening scenes are spectacular of their element and the quantity of sunshine they handle to tug in. Movement seize is as easy as what skilled videography gear manages to point out, whereas vivid colors, a staple of Park’s filmography, are vibrant and very pleasing when used within the latter phases. 

As a Park Chan-wook movie, “Life is However a Dream” leaves a bit to be desired whereas additionally making the viewers want a feature-length martial arts fantasy in true Park Chan-wook type. As an iPhone 13 Professional commercial although, which is successfully what that is, it’s a house run.



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