Park Chan-Wook’s Stoker Opens at Sundance

Posted by Kayo Homma-Komori & filed under Film Festival.

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Korean director Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy, Thirst) has made his English-language film debut at the Sundance Film Festival for his upcoming psychological thriller, Stoker. The film focuses on an enigmatic uncle (Matthew Goode) who moves in with a girl (Mia Wasikowska) and her emotionally unstable mother (Nicole Kidman) after the girl’s father dies.

Reviews coming from Sundance are overwhelmingly positive and the film is projected to have a March 2013 North American release date. Further, a trailer for Stoker was released this week featuring music by DJ Shadow, which only turns up the creep factor of the film.

Park has always had a meticulous eye for directing horrifying psychological films, as those who have seen his most famous film, Oldboy, will know. As a matter of fact, Oldboy, is currently being remade by American director Spike Lee, and will be released in October 2013. Overall, 2013 looks to be a pretty landmark year for Park, and is showing Hollywood’s slow acceptance of non-American directors into its folds. Earlier this month, another Korean director, Kim Ji-Woon (The Good, The Bad, and the Weird; A Tale of Two Sisters) directed Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to film in The Last Stand.

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