Ken Park is a 2002 erotic drama teensploitation written by Harmony Korine, who based it on Larry Clark's journals and stories. The film was directed and shot by Clark and Edward Lachman. The film is an international co-production of the United States, the Netherlands, and France. The film revolves around the abusive and dysfunctional home lives of several teenagers, set in the city of Visalia, California.
The title character, Ken Park (nicknamed "Krap Nek," with his first and last name spelled and pronounced backward), is a teenager skateboarding across Visalia, California. He arrives at a skate park, which he casually sits in the middle of, sets up a camcorder, smiles, and shoots himself in the temple with a handgun. His death is used to bookend the film, which follows the lives of four other teenagers who knew him in the weeks running up to his suicide.
|author||Harmony Korine Larry Clark|
|director||Edward Lachman Larry Clark|
|events||dysfunctional family incest suicide|
|keywords||alcoholic father arrest autoerotic asphyxiation cheat emotional abuse end engage erotic asphyxiation gary stewart incestuous kill one night oral sex record run run away scrabble sexual relationship skate park skateboard tape recorder threesome title character want wed|
|producer||Jean-Louis Piel Kees Kasander|
|productionCompany||Cinéa Kasander Film Company|
|publisher||A-Film Fortissimo Films|
|theme||camcorder independent narrative|