Living without hate for people is almost impossible.
– Park Chan-wook
Whether it’s trivial or important, every choice has a moral aspect to it to a certain degree.
When I was going through puberty, I had all these feelings of being unstable through those years, and being uncontrollably drawn to things of beauty and things that are bad.
The atmosphere of Catholicism in Korea is quite different to the way it is practised and perceived in Europe or the U.S.
I don’t really believe in the auteur theory.
A priest encounters temptation every day, and some of that desire is very natural.
A film set is a workplace for me; it’s my office, and nobody really wants to be in a stressful work environment.
I am sure I am one of 2,000 film directors in the world that Tarantino admires.
When I grow older and less popular, there will come a time when I have to shoot films on low budgets.
I am not going to do a film based on a bad scenario just to make a big Hollywood film or work with Hollywood stars.
I do like musical films more than big Hollywood films, especially those by Jacques Demi and Vincent Minelli.
When we are confronted with extreme situations, we forget about moral issues; we simply act and must then accept the consequences.
It is not possible for a person to be completely free of sin and be squeaky clean.
I grew up in a very Catholic family. Up until puberty, I would go to a Catholic church every week.
When you first hear Mozart’s music, your first impression is that it’s very alive, but if you peel away the layers, you can hear sorrow and sadness behind it, and that’s what I try to be: multi-layered.
When I was making my first films, I was very interested in Hollywood B movies.
I hate jeans for no reason.
When you consider the concept of vampirism, it is inherently part of a Western culture.
People who really try to be conscious of what they have done, who take responsibility, to me these kinds of people are heroes.
Certain subjects may no longer be taboo in cinema. But there are ways to treat them that still create shock.
Becoming a vampire means completely changing your identity.
Whenever I visit a city, I like to see what classical music concerts are on offer.
In my opinion, all relationships between people have some sort of violence, and it is central.
If you would ask me what my ideal process is, I would say, long pre-production, long production and long post-production.
As I grow older I spend more time with my wife, and gradually my interest in the woman’s world is growing.
There’s a humble beauty about listening to period instruments that I like.
In our lives, we have good things and bad things, happiness and pain.
Visual elements are, of course, the director’s job.
I’d love to do a sci-fi movie, a western, or an espionage thriller. But I’m not going to limit myself. If a good script comes along, I’m not going to discount it because it doesn’t fit into one of these genres.
I have always meticulously storyboarded my films from beginning to end.