come anticipate Park Chan-wook's English-language debut STOKER with me (Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, Mia Wasikowska)

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MXaanQkzrXU

written by wentworth miller of tv's 'prison break'(!)

inspired by 'shadow of a doubt', though i understand it only goes as far as a character named uncle charlie and some other minor bits.

omar little, Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:49 (nine years ago) link

kidman can do no wrong imo. intrigued!

Simon H., Thursday, 27 September 2012 02:59 (nine years ago) link

bwa ha, she's done plenty wrong

kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:01 (nine years ago) link

thirst was a misstep but this has his look and feel, interested to see if he can bring the buck wild to our distant shores

it's always painful to listen to kidman struggle to keep her accent in check tho

vincent black shadow giallo (Edward III), Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:20 (nine years ago) link

good job to that fish guy from that Buffy episode

Legendary General Cypher Raige (Gukbe), Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:24 (nine years ago) link

oh don't get me wrong, she's been in piles of shit, but she rarely gives the impression of check-collecting.

Simon H., Thursday, 27 September 2012 03:37 (nine years ago) link

i liked thirst - overlong but visually unpredictable in a cool way. psyched for this.

da croupier, Thursday, 27 September 2012 11:41 (nine years ago) link

kidman is bad half the time but always super compelling. this looks really great

whiter than... this? (Ówen P.), Thursday, 27 September 2012 12:17 (nine years ago) link

looks amazing imo

omar little, Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:19 (nine years ago) link

yeah I'm pretty psyched. apparently filmed in sept 2011 in nashville, wonder why the far out release date and no festival screenings.

space dokken (Edward III), Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:33 (nine years ago) link

either a financing issue or a quality issue, or both

da croupier, Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:53 (nine years ago) link

quality's my guess but i still want to see this

Nhex, Thursday, 27 September 2012 18:57 (nine years ago) link

I will watch dees movie

pun lovin criminal (polyphonic), Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:02 (nine years ago) link

Want to see this. Also want Matthew Goode as my "uncle."

Ham Lushbaugh (Eric H.), Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:05 (nine years ago) link

your uncle who touches you inappropriately

space dokken (Edward III), Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:39 (nine years ago) link

ok Eric, sometimes you hit paydirt.

kizz my hairy irish azz (Dr Morbius), Thursday, 27 September 2012 19:45 (nine years ago) link

My guess on the release date is post was taking awhile or they couldn't figure out how to market this film or when a logical release time would be.

omar little, Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:14 (nine years ago) link

given korean successes at film festivals, and park's own palm d'or, it's weird that they wouldn't shoot for venice or push that march 2013 back a couple months for cannes, especially since a trailer's being released like 6 months in advance

maybe it's not finished lol

space dokken (Edward III), Thursday, 27 September 2012 20:58 (nine years ago) link

four months pass...

the sound design in this is really really cool. The plot not so much

Number None, Saturday, 23 February 2013 18:11 (nine years ago) link

welcome to s korea

unprepared guitar (Edward III), Sunday, 24 February 2013 18:59 (nine years ago) link

this looked p corny until they revealed what i assume is the 'twist,' and then it seemed cool but the twist was ruined :{

well if it isn't old 11 cameras simon (gbx), Sunday, 24 February 2013 19:07 (nine years ago) link

this is out in 2 days!

danzig, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 20:07 (nine years ago) link

this is the trailer they're using in uk cinemas - works really well when the music is loud:

http://bcove.me/wj8n467v

Ward Fowler, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 20:52 (nine years ago) link

commercial I saw for this was pretty rad.

akm, Wednesday, 27 February 2013 21:48 (nine years ago) link

one month passes...

Jesus, what a stupid thing this was! I am sort of baffled that anyone decided this was a movie that needed to be made in 2013. It's one of those films that's boring and doesn't make sense for a while and then "all comes together at the end" but when it does come together it's totally underwhelming and a bunch of stuff is left sorta unexplained and mysterious but I couldn't even be bothered to try to make sense out of it because I just didn't care. It was shot and edited competently enough so it wasn't as insipid as it could have been, but it was still fairly bland.

Room 227 (Stevie D(eux)), Wednesday, 3 April 2013 22:42 (nine years ago) link

four years pass...

STOKER is ridiculously dull. a poor by the numbers attempt at doing a proper 'arthouse' movie. handmaiden is better, but also a bit boring, strangely dully twisty, too plotty, constrained by its period setting, no real interest in the interior lives of its two lead females, and feels strangely detached for most of it, sort of gleeful, but never really giving you much of the stuff you would expect. even the sex scenes are weirdly pedestrian. its like he couldnt get interested in it beyond the surface visuals, which admittedly do look pretty incredible. not seen all PCW's films, but i think he might be better at violence than anything much subtler/character-based and this film didnt really let him do much with that part of his expertise. no wonder QT loves him so much. last thing i liked of his was thirst really. he might need to stop trying to enter the international market so hard.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:01 (five years ago) link

Handmaiden rules

flopson, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:40 (five years ago) link

even the sex scenes are weirdly pedestrian. its like he couldnt get interested in it beyond the surface visuals, which admittedly do look pretty incredible.

sounds like u watched the wrong movie

flopson, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:42 (five years ago) link

I love the term 'surface visuals' as if Film isn't a visual medium. Yeah, The Handmaiden is a visual film, and all the better for it. By far my favorite of his films.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:45 (five years ago) link

'surface visuals' is sort of like saying a record is 'incredibly produced'.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:46 (five years ago) link

It's nonsense...

Frederik B, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:53 (five years ago) link

First of all, it's a softcore lesbian heist-film, it's not really a genre known for deep thoughts. Second of all, thematically, the film is so much about objectification, gaze, pornography; the handmaiden treating her mistress like a doll, the spectacle of the woman performing erotica for the men, the final act of the women in the library. It's not really a subtle character based film. It's about surfaces, bodies, objectification.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 15:58 (five years ago) link

im not expecting some deep penetrating character study, but it wasnt even that good as a sort of delicious female exploitation revenge movie, cos it seemed too caught up in making sure the period drama visual flourish part of it was done right, more than the women-in-love-against-the-patriarchy angle. maybe i will watch it a second time when less tired after work and have a completely diff response but after stoker, i wonder if PCW is more interested in making brilliant looking films, rather than visceral ones.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 16:30 (five years ago) link

Well, I agree that Stoker is crap :) Also, perhaps he is interested in making both kinds of films, and he just tries to make different types every now and then? I was really surprised at how much I liked The Handmaiden, and I wouldn't just say it's period drama visual flourish, he really goes for something very unique and interesting, especially in the editing. It hits a sort of manga feel in a way a manga adaptation like Oldboy really doesn't.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:09 (five years ago) link

it did make me think of certain manga stuff, yes. i might watch it again though im not feeling quite that inspired. basically i like PCW less inhibited.

StillAdvance, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:13 (five years ago) link

I also really need to watch it again as well at some point, but preferably from my couch where I can pause and rewind and figure out why I thought so many little things were so weird.

I probably like Park most at his most inhibited, my other favorite is probably Sympathy for Mr Vengeance. Beautiful compositions in that one.

Frederik B, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 17:26 (five years ago) link

oh wait sry i can't tell if you were calling Handmaiden or STALKER's sex scene's pedestrian. if the former, U RONG (the scene where she sands down her tooth with a thimble!!!!!!) if the latter i haven't seen it

flopson, Wednesday, 17 May 2017 20:12 (five years ago) link

two weeks pass...

Liked it quite a lot. Was the extended version the one most cinemas got? Because it seems that was the only version shown in UK.

Robert Adam Gilmour, Monday, 5 June 2017 12:39 (four years ago) link

four months pass...

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/16/t-magazine/park-chan-wook.html

johnny crunch, Wednesday, 18 October 2017 11:46 (four years ago) link

ten months pass...

weirdly, his new thing is a six part adaptation of a John Le Carre novel for the BBC & AMC.

http://collider.com/little-drummer-girl-images-alexander-skarsgard-michael-shannon/#images

Britain's Sexiest Cow (jed_), Monday, 27 August 2018 22:44 (three years ago) link

that looks kind of awesome

El Tomboto, Tuesday, 28 August 2018 01:49 (three years ago) link

three years pass...

Is this the only Park Chan-wook thread?

Not gonna lie, feel a little sick with excitement for the new one

Number One shlong in Devon (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 12 May 2022 09:08 (one week ago) link

he's yet to make a truly bad film imo

Daniel_Rf, Thursday, 12 May 2022 10:37 (one week ago) link

God yes, trailer for the new one looks great too

Number One shlong in Devon (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:43 (one week ago) link

I feel like he's still getting better, The Handmaiden probably my favourite at the moment

Number One shlong in Devon (Noodle Vague), Thursday, 12 May 2022 11:44 (one week ago) link


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