Nicole Kidman’s ‘Stoker’ character won’t win any Mother of the Year awards -- as was apparent with the first footage of the film -- but Park Chan-wook’s suspenseful thriller could score some genre trophies if it plays its cards right.
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Cinephiles everywhere have been hungrily anticipating 'Stoker', the first English-language production by acclaimed Korean director Park Chan-Wook ('Oldboy', 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance'). With a visionary director at the helm, and a cast that includes Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, 'Stoker' is easily one of the must-see films in the first quarter of next year, and today brings us our very first look at the thriller.
Even though his first English-language movie 'Stoker' won't hit theaters until March of next year, that hasn't stopped Park Chan-Wook from lining up more and projects. We reported that he was attached to 'The Brigands of Rattleborge' a couple weeks ago, but now he's also lined up 'Corsica 72.'
Often when a director makes a big international splash they're invited to America to make movies. Sometimes they stay (Wolfgang Petersen, or to get old-timey Fritz Lang), and sometimes they make one film and head right back (Wong Kar-Wai with 'My Blueberry Nights'). It appears that Park Chan-Wook, the man behind the original 'Oldboy,' will make a second English language film.
Park Chan-wook wowed audiences the world over with his 'Oldboy.' The film was so good it came in second at Cannes that year, and it's about to be remade by Spike Lee. With success like that, you're often given a chance to come to America, and Park took it. And his English-Language debut 'Stoker' is set for release March 1, 2013.
When you direct films like 'Oldboy,' you get the world's attention - and in Park Chan-wook's case win best director at Cannes - and so your best known film is set to be remade (by Spike Lee), and you get imported to America to direct a film - in his case 'Stoker,' starring Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. Though it's unclear if he will continue to work stateside, Chan-wook says his next film is 'The Ax.'