Park Chan-wook jokes he’s ‘not at all surprised’ by LACMA honor in speech on American norms

Park Chan-wook jokes he’s ‘not at all surprised’ by LACMA honor in speech on American norms

The acclaimed director was honored at LACMA Art Film Gala.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art honored director Park Chan-wook at its 2022 Art Film Gala on Saturday night, where the acclaimed South Korean filmmaker took the stage for a speech that joked about American norms.

Park — whose latest feature, Decision to Leave, won him the best director’s award at this year’s Cannes Film Festival and serves as South Korea’s submission for best international feature at the 2023 Academy Awards — drew laughs from the crowd when he highlighted the differences in accepting one’s accomplishments in Korean versus American culture.

I wanted to start by saying, ‘I don’t know how to thank’. But, Park said that he remembered advice from someone who is familiar with both American and Korean culture. “She advised me to not be too humble in America… I will instead take her advice and say these words: ‘I am not at any surprise for the award that is clearly mine. ‘”

South Korean director Park Chan-wook attends the 11th Annual LACMA Art Film Gala at Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, on November 5, 2022. (Photo by Michael Tran / AFP) (Photo by MICHAEL TRAN/AFP via Getty Images)

Park Chan-wook at the LACMA Art Film Gala

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The Oldboy director was introduced by Squid Game actor Lee Byung-hun, who came with his own set of jokes prepared. The actor, who starred in Park’s breakthrough 2000 film Joint Security Area, recalled how the collaboration came to be. Lee stated that Park and Lee both experienced catastrophic failures on their separate paths. It was extremely miserable. “

He continued, “At that time, we were both depressed and wondering if director Park or me would be able to make a movie again. I was offered another role by director Park. The perfect idea was that a failed director and an unsuccessful actor would come together to create a new film. Lee stated that the film was a huge success in Korea and “changed Korean cinema’s history.”

During his remarks, Lee also referenced the Halloween crowd crush tragedy that occurred in Seoul last month, wherein at least 156 people died. The actor stated, “Please join me in keeping the victims and their families in my thoughts and prayers.”

Both Park and visual artist Helen Pashgian were honored at the star-studded soiree championed by LACMA trustee Eva Chow and actor Leonardo DiCaprio.

Park Chan-wook for his latest film, Decision to Leave

Park Hae-il and Tang Wei in Park Chan-wook’s ‘Decision to Leave’

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Park recently spoke to EW about reinventing the classic detective romance in Decision to Leave, as well as the rise of South Korean entertainment and culture in the U.S. “I think it’s because Korean people are so emotionally expressive,” he said when asked about its influence. They have a wide range of emotions. They want to feel all of these emotions in their cultural products. “

These emotions are universally understood and are why people from other cultures can relate to the themes or emotions in these works,” he said. “But it’s more than a blessing that Koreans can feel so many emotions. This is because of the country’s long and painful history. You can say that a tragedy has been turned into a blessing. ”

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