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“The planet Earth couldn’t handle my serial killer movie,” claimed the American director, who has a long history of ultra-violence in his films, from breakthrough box office smash “Pulp Fiction” (1995) through to last year’s “Django Unchained”.
Both those films which won the 50-year-old Academy Awards for best original screenplay.
Tarantino also penned the Oliver Stone-directed “Natural Born Killers” (1994), but disowned that film. “I hate that movie,” he said. “If you like my stuff, don’t watch that movie.”
Tarantino was making a surprise visit to the 18th Busan International Film Festival (BIFF) in South Korea, the first time he has attended the region’s largest cinematic gathering.
He took to the stage alongside Korean director Bong Joon-ho for an Open Talk lasting just over an hour in front of around 1,500 fans.
In a rambling, expansive and entertaining exchange, the filmmaker explained why it was that he had jumped from genre to genre throughout his career, touching on everything from westerns to war.
“When I make a film I am hoping to reinvent the genre a little bit,” said Tarantino. “I just do it my way. I make my own little Quentin versions of them.
“I consider myself a student of cinema. It’s almost like I am going for my professorship in cinema and the day I die is the day I graduate. It is a lifelong study.”
Tarantino was full of praise for Bong, whose apocalyptic English-language thriller “Snowpiercer” has been a $60 million box office smash in South Korea and is being lined up for a global release.
“Bong has that thing that the 1970s’s [Steven] Spielberg had in that he can do many different types of stories but there is always this level of comedy and entertainment that is there,” he said, adding that even Bong’s “The Host” (2006), about a toxic monster, had “wonderful human moments”.
BIFF comes to a close Saturday.
Source: Japan Today
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