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South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook — the director of 2003’s critically acclaimed Oldboy — says his new film was shot entirely on the iPhone.

His fantasy-horror film Paranmanjang, which means “life full of ups and downs” in Korean, is about half an hour long, and was made on a budget of 150 million won ($133,000).

According to the WS Journal, Park says the iPhone’s small size and light weight, as well as the fact that “anyone can use it,” made it a good tool. His brother, Park Chan-kyong — also a director who collaborated on the film — says a wide variety of camera angles and edits were possible because a number of cameras could be used.

Last October, Korean telecom giant KT sponsored a film festival with 12 short movies made with the iPhone 4. Park Chan-wook is one of the best-known filmmakers in South Korea. His iPhone epic is set to hit theaters on January 27.

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The iPhone’s ubiquitousness also brought surprises to the film-making process. Scenes were shot simultaneously from two iPhones from different angles, but staff members voluntarily contributed to the final version with video recordings on their iPhones from their point of view.

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