Exclusive: Bong Joon-ho Video Interview MOTHER

     October 25, 2009

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At this year’s Toronto Film Festival, I managed to interview a ton of great filmmakers.  Unfortunately, it’s taken a long time to get them all edited and online.  But I’m happy to report the last interview is ready to be watched and it’s with a great filmmaker from South Korea, Bong Joon-ho. In case you don’t recognize his name, he directed a fantastic monster movie called “The Host”, and he also directed “Memories of Murder” and one of the films in “Tokyo!”. He’s a filmmaker whose work I really love and if you haven’t seen his movies, I cannot recommend them enough.

While some interviews are rushed, the one I did with Bong Joon-ho was awesome. We talked for a very long time and covered tons of subjects (listed after the jump). If you’re a fan of this great filmmaker or just curious about his new movie “Mother”, hit the jump and watch what he had to say.

bong_joon-ho_director_of_the_host.jpgAs I said before the jump, we covered tons of subjects. Since you may not have the time to watch the entire interview, I’ve listed what we talked about above each part. Also, you should know that he used a translator for most of the interview.

Finally, if you missed what Bong Joon-ho said about his next movie “Snow Piercer”, click here to see it.

Bong Joon-ho part 1

  • Is he a control freak. We were talking about my microphone…
  • Toronto Film Festival talk. What has his experience been like
  • Does he still write in a coffee shop and is he still anonymous when he writes
  • What was it about Mother that made him want to make it as he probably could make another after the success of The Host
  • Did he have any pressure from people who really wanted him to make another type of movie other than Mother
  • What is about Korea right now that causes many filmmakers to make great movies
  • Financing talk. Is the recession affecting movies in Korea
  • Casting in Mother. Did he always want this cast and did he have a lot of people trying to be in the movie after the success of The Host


Bong Joon-ho part 2

  • What does he think about Easter Eggs in movies. Also, would he ever consider putting a character who survived in The Host as a person in a future movie. Says there is a character in Mother who is also in Memories of Murder
  • The editing process. Can he remove things with no problem or does he struggle to lose scenes
  • Does he like the extended cuts and directors cuts.
  • How did his experience on Tokyo! possibly change him as a filmmaker

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