STOKER Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Stoker opens today in limited release.  Click here to find out when the film will be playing near you.]

In Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker, the hunt is more rewarding than the kill. Park has beautifully crafted an unnerving, slow-burn mystery-thriller that delves into a bloodline destined to shed blood. In his English-language debut, Park takes his immaculate yet eerie style, and uses it to enhance a relatively simple tale of a disturbed girl who begins a bizarre and disturbing relationship with her recently-discovered uncle. Through Park’s lens and the tremendous performances of stars Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, Stoker may not cut deep, but it slashes hard.

Collider Visits the Set of Director Park Chan-wook’s STOKER

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It’s a breezy fall day in Nashville, Tennessee. Leaves are falling over an expansive estate that’s as haunting as it is gorgeous, and South Korean director Park Chan-wook—the man behind Oldboy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Thirst, and many others—is directing his English-language feature film debut in the country music capital of the world.

In September of 2011, Collider was invited to the set of the horror drama Stoker, which stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney.  The production had opted to film most of the pic’s scenes in and around a rather gothic-looking estate in Nashville, so along with a small group of journalists, we were able to spend a day on set and to get a look at how Park Chan-wook was making his Hollywood debut.  Hit the jump for my full set visit report.

Sundance 2013: STOKER Review

by     Posted 1 year, 191 days ago

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In Chan-wook Park‘s Stoker, the hunt is more rewarding than the kill.  Park has beautifully crafted an unnerving, slow-burn mystery-thriller that delves into a bloodline destined to shed blood.  In his English-language debut, Park takes his immaculate yet eerie style, and uses it to enhance a relatively simple tale of a disturbed girl who begins a bizarre and disturbing relationship with her recently-discovered uncle.  Through Park’s lens and the tremendous performances of stars Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, Stoker may not cut deep, but it slashes hard.

First Clips from Chan-wook Park’s STOKER, Starring Nicole Kidman, and EMANUEL AND THE TRUTH ABOUT FISHES, Starring Jessica Biel and Kaya Scodelario

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The first clips have landed online for two Sundance 2013 premieres: Chan-wook Park’s Stoker, starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, and Francesca Gregorini’s Emanuel and the Truth About Fishes, starring Jessica Biel, Kaya Scodelario and Alfred Molina.  Both movies deal with issues of motherhood, though the first clip from Stoker reveals Kidman’s character as rather aggressively unstable while Biel’s character is merely a dead-ringer for the protag’s own dead mother.  Check out both clips after the jump (be forewarned: both clips are annoyingly set to auto-play).

First Trailer for Park Chan-wook’s STOKER Starring Nicole Kidman

by     Posted 1 year, 307 days ago

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The first trailer for Oldboy director Park Chan-wook‘s English-language debut Stoker has been released.  The film centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney).  Chan-wook’s signature lush visual palette is on full display in this trailer, along with a wonderful air of creepiness and foreboding.  There’s promise of some strong performances from the whole cast, especially Nicole Kidman as Wasikowska’s wary mother, and the tone is downright chilling.  I can’t tell if the trailer gives too much away or if it’s a great tease of the film’s atmosphere, but this looks like a great way for Chan-wook to make his American debut.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden EhrenreichStoker opens on March 1st, 2013.

First Footage from Director Chan-wook Park’s STOKER Starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska

by     Posted 1 year, 313 days ago

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Oldboy director Chan-wook Park has been in the news quite a bit lately, attaching himself to helm a violent Western called The Brigands of Rattleborge and a 1930s crime drama Corsica 72, but his English-language debut is already in the can and set for a March 2013 release.  Stoker centers a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning the death of her father (Dermot Mulroney).  The cast is led by Nicole Kidman as the girl’s mother, and the chilling first footage from the pic has landed online by way of an ET preview.  I expected a blend of horror and drama, and that’s exactly what Park has delivered based on this snippet of footage.  We look to be in for strong performances from Kidman and Wasikowska, and I can’t wait to see more from the film when a full trailer lands online.

Hit the jump to watch the footage.  The film also stars Jackie WeaverLucas Till, and Alden EhrenreichStoker opens on March 1st, 2013.

OLDBOY Director Chan-wook Park to Helm Period Crime Drama CORSICA 72

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Director Chan-wook Park, who helmed the excellent South Korean revenge tale Oldboy, is looking to next tackle a 30s-set crime drama.  Variety reports that Park has been set to helm Corsica 72 based on a Black List script by Neal Purvis and Robert Wade (Skyfall, Casino Royale).  The film is based on a true story and “follows two best friends who live on the small island of Corsica where they choose different paths in life — one as an honest working man, the other as a gangster — and feud over a woman who comes between them.”

Park recently entered talks to direct another Black List script, the violent Western The Brigands of Rattleborge, but that’s film’s graphic nature necessitates a major star before it can move forward.  As such, Corsica 72 is expected to be Park’s next project.  He recently made his English-language debut on the horror drama Stoker with Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, which is set for release next March.

OLDBOY Director Chan-wook Park in Talks to Helm Western THE BRIGANDS OF RATTLEBORGE

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Having recently completed his English-language directorial debut with the horror thriller Stoker (due out in March), Chan-wook Park is now looking to take the helm on a highly coveted script.  Variety reports that Park is in talks to direct the Western The Brigands of Rattleborge.  The script by S. Craig Zahler landed at the top of the 2006 Black List, but it’s been slow to come to fruition because of the story’s violent nature.  Now the project has Park in negotiations with Red Granite Pictures onboard to fully finance and co-produce the film with Mythology Entertainment.

The pic centers on a sheriff and a doctor who are out for revenge against a group of bandits who, under the cover of a torrential thunderstorm, robbed and terrorized the occupants of a small town.  Park’s South Korean revenge tale Oldboy is a new classic, and everyone’s itching to get a look at the Nicole Kidman-fronted Stoker.  The intense violence of Rattleborge will likely necessitate the casting of a major star, but that shouldn’t be a problem given Park’s clout.  Hopefully things come together quickly so we can see Park’s take on the Western genre sooner rather than later.

Chan-wook Park’s English-Language Debut, STOKER, Gets Release Date [Updated with Official Synopsis]

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We were starting to wonder when Stoker, the English-language debut from Oldboy director Chan-wook Park, would get released.  The film went in front of cameras last September, and we haven’t heard anything about it since.  Today, word comes that Stoker will open March 1, 2013.  The plot centers on a young girl (Mia Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle (Matthew Goode) while mourning her death of her father (Dermot Mulroney).  The impressive cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Jackie Weaver, Lucas Till, and Alden Ehrenreich.  I’ve been told that the movie could be described as a horror, a thriller, a drama, or a combination of all three, so it will be interesting to see how Fox Searchlight plans to sell it.

It won’t be an easy sell in a crowded March 2013, which could almost pass for a summer month with the amount of heavy-hitters it has on hand.  Stoker will be sharing its weekend with Neill Blomkamp‘s District 9 follow-up, Elysium, which stars Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.  Even if Stoker does well, it will be tough to have legs in a month that also includes Oz the Great and Powerful, Now You See Me, the remake of Carrie, the Tom Hanks drama Captain Phillips, DreamWorks Animation’s The Croods, Jack the Giant Killer, and the delayed 3D release of G.I. Joe: Retaliation. [Update: We've been sent official word regarding the release date, which comes with an official synopsis.  Read it after the jump.]

Dermot Mulroney Joins Nicole Kidman in STOKER

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The cast of director Chan-wook Park’s (Oldboy) English-language debut Stoker continues to fill out as Dermot Mulroney has signed on. Written by actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break), the film centers on a young girl who encounters her mysterious uncle while mourning her father’s death. Mia Wasikowska is onboard to play the young girl, and THR reports that Mulroney will play the girl’s father. The ensemble cast also includes Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Jacki Weaver, Lucas Till (X-Men: First Class) and Alden Ehrenreich (Tetro). Mulroney recently joined the cast of Struck By Lighting, which was written by Glee star Chris Colfer. Filming on Stoker begins later this month in Nashville.

Matthew Goode in Talks to Join Nicole Kidman in STOKER

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Matthew Goode (Watchmen) is in talks to land the male lead in director Chan-wook Park’s (Oldboy) drama Stoker. Already starring Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska, the project was penned by actor Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and centers on a young girl (Wasikowska) who encounters her mysterious uncle while mourning her father’s death. Variety reports that Goode’s negotiations are for the role of said “mysterious uncle,” a part previously courted by the likes of Colin Firth, James Franco, Michael Fassbender, and Joel Edgerton. Stoker is housed at Fox Searchlight and will mark the English-language debut for Chan-wook Park. Tony and Ridley Scott will produce the pic under their Scott Free moniker. As for Goode, “Ozymandias” himself can next be seen in the “romantic dramady” Burning Man from director Jonathan Teplitzky.

Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in Talks to Join STOKER

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Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman and likely-Oscar-winner Colin Firth are in negotiations to star in Stoker.  The film is the English-language debut of Oldboy director Chan Wook-Park.  As we reported a couple weeks ago, Mia Wasikowska has signed on to play the lead role of India Stoker, “an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father.”  Jodie Foster was set to play the girl’s mother, but dropped out.  Now it looks like Kidman will play the mom while Firth will play the uncle.

The way the shooting schedule is shaking out, it looks like Stoker will be Firth’s first film (say that five times fast) since The King’s Speech became the Oscar front-runner and scored at the box office.  While he’s also signed on to star in the remake of Gambit, 24 Frames reports that Stoker is likely to go in front of cameras first.  As for Kidman, she’ll next be seen in the hostage drama Trespass with Nicolas Cage.

Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster Drop Out of STOKER; Mia Wasikowska and Chan-wook Park Drop In

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We heard last week that Mia Wasikowska (The Kids Are All Right) hopes to fit both Stoker and The Wettest County in the World on to her 2011 production schedule.  Given recent news, Fox Searchlight has extra motivation to sign Wasikowska to the former.  The earlier report suggested Wasikowska would join the previously attached Carey Mulligan and Jodie Foster.  However, Deadline hears Foster is no longer on board and Wasikowska will actually replace Mulligan in the lead role, “an eccentric teen whose enigmatic and estranged uncle returns to the family after the death of the girl’s father.”  Those are two tough losses, and I’d be interested to hear why Mulligan and/or Foster moved on if details ever surface.  More after the jump:

Teaser Trailer for Park Chan-wook’s PARANMANJANG; The Short Film Shot Entirely on iPhone

by     Posted 3 years, 195 days ago

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A teaser trailer for Park Chan-wook’s new short film Paranmanjang (known stateside as Night Fishing) has landed online.  While any new film from the Oldboy director would generate excitement amongst those fond of his work, Night Fishing is bound to garner some attention from those outside of the Chan-wook fanclub as the entire 30-minute film was shot entirely on an iPhone (albeit a souped-up one, I’m guessing).

The film centers on a man who catches a female body while fishing.  As the story goes, he faints while untangling his line only to awake and find that he and the woman have switched wardrobes.  If I’m guessing (and I am), the story only gets stranger from there.  Paranmajang opens in select South Korean theaters at the end of January with its international release currently unspecified.  To check out the teaser trailer, and a behind-the-scenes featurette, hit the jump.

THIRST DVD Review

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It’s said if you stare at something for more than four seconds, other people start staring at it too.  This is especially unfortunate for vampires.  They survive on remaining unnoticed.  In Thirst, famed Korean filmmaker Chan-wook Park (Oldboy) bites into the vampire myth by asking “How would a vampire have to survive in society today?”  This isn’t a new question–it’s actually a very popular question of late.  But Park has a decidedly darker take than Twilight; darker even than True Blood or Let the Right One In.  His aesthetic is very much his.  It’s almost as if Park said, “You think you know the vampire myth? You have no idea…”  Find out what I mean after the jump.

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