Paju is the tale of a teenage schoolgirl (Seo) and her complex relation to her older sister’s husband (Lee). Set in the city where it takes its name from – a longtime military area and now a developing city located close to the North/South Korean border – its elegantly complex narrative deals with guilt, love and redemption. The result is both uniquely Korean and universally resonant.
Born in 1968, PARK Chan-ok studied film at Hanyang University and the Korea National University of Arts (KNUA). She began her career in the independent film scene with film group and film production company, Generation Blue Films directing several award winning shorts. After working as assistant director to one of Korea’s leading auteur filmmakers, HONG Sang-soo on VIRGIN STRIPPED BARE BY HER BACHELORS she made her first feature film, JEALOUSY IS MY MIDDLE NAME which not only received critical acclaim but also a number of awards including the Rotterdam Film Festival Tiger Award and the Pusan International Film Festival New Currents Award. Acknowledged for her sensitive and in-depth depiction of restless and absurd characters, she has establishes herself as one of Korea’s leading female filmmakers. Her second feature, PAJU once again brings in director PARK’s unique gaze of the world, delicately exploring human relationships and the human nature and emotions revealed through such relationships… read more
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"The 39th International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR) opened last night with the world premiere of South Korean director Park Chan-ok