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Park Chan-wook Talks Differences Between Korean & American Films, How 'Stoker' Fits In With His Filmography & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • March 19, 2013 7:00 PM
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If there is one movie that has caused unending debate around The Playlist water-cooler, it's Park Chan-wook's English-language debut "Stoker." First screened at Sundance and making its slow creep across the country now, it's a twisty, unerringly perverse riff on Alfred Hitchcock's "Shadow of a Doubt," wherein a mysterious Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) comes to visit his long lost family following his brother's equally mysterious demise. Mia Wasikowska plays the young daughter of the deceased, and an admirably batty Nicole Kidman is the new widow. We got to sit down with director Park and discuss what made "Stoker" so appealing as his first English language movie, how he decided on the composers for the film, and where the film fits in with his filmography.

Review: Silly & Cartoonish 'Stoker' Is A Garish Misfire For Park Chan-Wook

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • February 28, 2013 7:20 PM
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One could argue there's nothing subtle about the movies made by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the director behind "Oldboy," including the celebrated 'Vengeance Trilogy' and the loopy vampire movie, "Thirst." Violence reigns in his films, cameras pirouette like self-conscious characters in his ensemble, and style is king. But in the past, especially in "Oldboy" and "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance," his penchant for the outrageous and over-the-top always included sublime, comically brutal and sometimes even emotionally devastating conclusions that could leave the jaw agape. Style was always in service of a story and characters.

Director Park Chan-Wook Says Another English-Language Picture In The Works, 'Snowpiercer' Almost Finished & Talks His Dream Genres

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • February 28, 2013 12:32 PM
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While chatting with "Oldboy" director Park Chan-Wook about his upcoming, absolutely insane new thriller "Stoker" -- which I personally loved despite our review -- I had to ask him what was next. After becoming an established force in the South Korean film industry with his idiosyncratic, stylish genre films, lauded 'Vengeance' trilogy, and now making (incredibly weird) inroads in America, we were curious as to where his career was headed next. As it turns out, while he doesn't have his next project totally lined up, he did reveal that he has another American, English-Language feature in the works.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2014 Best Actress Nominees

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • February 28, 2013 12:00 PM
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The recent Oscars, it should be said, were not a headline year for the Best Actress race. Of course Emmanuelle Riva, Jessica Chastain, Jennifer Lawrence et al were thoroughly deserving of their nominations, but the category was generally deemed to be a bit thin by Oscar watchers, with something of a dearth of good female roles, bar the five that were nominated (plus a handful of others overlooked by the Academy, like Marion Cotillard in "Rust and Bone" and Emayatzy Corinealdi in "Middle of Nowhere").

Bad Blood, Family & Philip Glass: 5 Things Learned About Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • February 27, 2013 12:00 PM
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2013 stands to potentially bring three South Korean filmmakers' names into the mainstream American fold; a move notable not just from the three auteur's common land, but for placing their distinctive visions in an entirely new realm. With Kim Ji-Woon already delivering his Arnie action throwback, “The Last Stand,” and Bong Joon-Ho's “Snowpiercer” dropping later this year, the strange middle child is up next, in the twisted, baroque form of Park Chan-Wook's “Stoker.”

Watch: Seductive New Clip From 'Stoker' Plus Listen To Clint Mansell's Complete Score

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • February 26, 2013 10:01 AM
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While "Stoker" earned its fair share of admirers at the Sundance Film Festival last month, our own man on the ground was less impressed -- he called it “overwrought and tonally poisoned.” You'll soon be able judge for yourself as Park Chan-wook’s English-language directorial debut is set to open in limited release this weekend. Some brand new images and a brand new clip have appeared from the film, and now you'll also be able to listen to composer Clint Mansell's entire score.

First Official Images Of Nicole Kidman As Grace Kelly In ‘Grace Of Monaco’; Weinstein Company Pick Up Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 24, 2013 4:50 PM
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Are we already looking at one of next year's Best Actress nominees? With three Oscar nominations and one win under her belt, Nicole Kidman is no stranger to the awards season, and while The Weinstein Company is hoping to see some love for "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Django Unchained" at the Dolby Theater tonight, they've already got their eyes on next year. In recent days they snapped up the rights to the Idris Elba-starring biopic "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom," and now they've got another true-life tale added to their slate.

Mia Wasikowska Has A Lot Of Shoes In New Images From Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 3:10 PM
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With Park City now left to the ski bunnies hitting the slopes before it all melts away, the Sundance Film Festival is fading into memory. But one movie that continues to generate chatter is Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker." The bottom line is, you're either with the highly stylized and somewhat over-the-top melodrama....or you're not, and there doesn't seem to be much middleground. Indeed, our own man at the fest was decidedly not a fan, calling the whole endeavor "a garish misfire." But the rest of us will be able to make our own assessment in just a few weeks.

5 New Images Of Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska & Matthew Goode In 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 22, 2013 6:05 PM
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Judging by the reactions to our review of Park Chan-Wook's "Stoker" out of the Sudance Film Festival, it seems that some of you only want to hear that this movie is the greatest. And admittedly, we were looking forward to it (certainly this writer was), and while commenters love to point to the other sites that have given the movie positive notices, that's a pretty tepid rebuttal all around. But as always, it's worth judging for yourself and you'll have your chance very soon, but until then are some new pics.

Watch: Twitchy New Trailer For Park Chan-Wook's 'Stoker'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 8:59 AM
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Last night, Park Chan-wook's highly anticipated English-language debut "Stoker" premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and reaction was mixed to say the least. While the film earned praise, some didn't take to the Hitchcockian thriller, and certainly our man on the ground in Park City didn't like it. At all.

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