11 March 2012

Little mention on Stoker and director Park Chan Wook

Matthew Goode Talks Chan-wook Park's Stoker
March 6, 2012 By Jon Lyus
There's little doubt that Chan-wook Park's first foray into English-language filmmaking will be of great interest to the many fans the South Korean director has attracted over the years, not least for his brutal and brilliant Vengeance trilogy, and there's a distinct air of mystery around Stoker.
Prison Break man Wentworth Miller wrote the script, under a pseudonym initially, and it found its way onto the 2010 Black List and now, with Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode making up the main cast, Park has completed filming and Stoker is due out sometime this year.
Ambassador for Jameson Cult Film Club Matthew Goode replaced his co-star in A Single Man, Colin Firth, in the role of Uncle Charlie who reappears after many years absence and reacquaints himself with his family. Things, as you can imagine, go badly. Uncle Charlie, Hitchcock fans will know, was the role taken by Joseph Cotten in Hitch’s 1943 film Shadow of a Doubt and there are echoes, if not actual thematic elements, between the two.What separates ‘Stoker’ from his other works, apart from obviously being his English language debut, is that it’s also a movie where he’s had no input into the screen-writing process, so it’ll be interesting to see how he fares not only directing in a different language, but also off a script that has none of his stamp on it. I’m sure I’m not the only one who is waiting with baited breath, but Chan-wook has always had a unique visual flair, and I hope that Hollywood does nothing to dilute this aspect of his directing style.

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