The Jang Sun-Woo Variations | 2000
An intimate portrait of Jang Sun-Woo, Korea's most iconoclastic director, as he prepares two new films: the live-action cyber-action thriller "The Resurrection of the Little Match Girl" and the animated buddhist/shamanist feature "Princess Bari". Divided into chapters, the documentary examines Jang's career and films from many different angles and includes the voices not only of those who have worked with Jang but also of numerous ordinary Koreans who have been touched/shocked/excited/offended by his work. Individual chapters are devoted to such topics as Jang's idiosyncratic hairstyle and the controversy surrounding his previous feature "Lies". The documentary tries to place Jang and his work in the widest possible social context, not only in the context of Korean cinema. At its heart is a series of remarkably candid and revealing interviews with Jang himself.