Stoker is an upcoming psychological thriller starring Mia Wasikowska, Nicole Kidman and Matthew Goode. This new mystery film is written by Wentworth Miller (Prison Break) and directed by Chan-wook Park (known for the film, Old Boy). Stoker revolves around the events that occurred after India Stoker’s (played by Mia Wasikowska) father dies and her mother is left in an emotionally unstable condition, until her enigmatic Uncle Charlie Stoker (Goode) moves in with them. India suspects that her uncle may have ulterior motives for moving in but she is haunted by his charm. Stoker is scheduled to be released in cinemas on March 1st 2012. Check out what inspired director, Chan-wook Park in his new movie, Stoker.
“Interview with Stoker Director, Chan-wook Park
LOS ANGELES – Acclaimed director Park Chan-wook, who is renowned for daring films such as “Oldboy” (2003), “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (2005) and “Thirst” (2009) recently wrapped production on his English-language film debut, a thriller called “Stoker.”
The film, which stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska and Matthew Goode, is slated for release later this year and there is already talk of a possible Cannes premiere.
The JoongAng Ilbo met with Park in Los Angeles, where he was in the middle of post-production for the film. This is the first time he has discussed the film with the Korean media.
Q. What is the plot of “Stoker”?
A. The story revolves around a father, mother and adolescent daughter who live in an isolated house in a suburb. But all is not well in the family and there is friction between the mother and daughter. One day, the father dies suddenly in a car accident, and the story starts when an estranged uncle shows up at the father’s funeral. While staying with the family, the uncle becomes involved in a love triangle with both the mother and daughter.
The screenplay for “Stoker” was on the 2010 Black List Top Ten, which lists the best unproduced screenplays in Hollywood. Why did you choose it over other screenplays?
I’d reviewed a lot of screenplays, especially a lot of the revenge films. But I limited my selections to Westerns, sci-fi films, psychological thrillers and spy movies. “Stoker” attracted my attention because it only has three main characters and the whole story unfolds in a house, which is a very confined space. I like telling big stories through small, artificially created worlds. Also, there was less pressure on me because the scale of the film isn’t that big. Besides, I thought it wouldn’t be bad to make my English-language debut with a scenario influenced by Alfred Hitchcock, because it was Hitchcock’s film “Vertigo”  that made me decide to become a director.
Matthew Goode said in an interview that you speak English well but always spoke through an interpreter on set. Why didn’t you speak to everyone directly?
I was fortunate enough to meet an interpreter who was able to perfectly transmit ideas between myself and the cast and crew. Even the actors in the film have mentioned the interpreter, Jung Won-jo, by name in interviews.”
The rest of the interview can be seen at Korea Joongang Daily
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