For many world cinema fans like myself South Korean director Park Chan-wook has been somewhat of a hero. Whether it’s with his uncompromising Vengeance Trilogy – consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance – or wacky I’m A Cyborg but That’s Okay he has consistently proven himself to be one of the best working today, in any language.
Continuing a long tradition of foreign language directors making the jump, it wasn’t long before Hollywood took notice of Park’s talents and brought him on board to direct Stoker, a “sort of” vampire tale (the screenwriter insists it’s not exactly that, however) which marks the director’s English language debut. The story centers on a teenage girl whose father dies in a car crash. Just then her mysterious and enigmatic uncle comes back into her life setting his sights on her and her unsuspecting mother. You can probably guess what the deal is from there.
Park has proven himself with the vampire mythology with his delightfully dark, bloody and stylish Thirst a few years back and from the trailer below it looks like he’s going to deliver another interesting take on the ever-popular bloodsuckers. Will Park’s South Korean cinematic sensibilities fit into an American context? There’s always the risk that it just won’t work but then again Park is such a talented filmmaker I’m definitely willing to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Weirdly the screenplay was written by Ted Foulke which is the pseudonym of Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, a script which made its way onto the Hollywood Black List a while back. Intriguing…
What do you think of the trailer?
Stoker stars Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode, and is set to open in theaters on March 1st 2013.