One of our most anticipated films of 2013 is Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode and Mia Wasikowska, and was directed by Park Chan-wook. The reason we’re excited is because it’s the first English language film from the director of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Thirst, and we can’t wait to see what he’s brought to America.
The film follows India (Wasikowska), who loses her father mysteriously, only to have her Uncle Charlie (Goode) move in with her and her mother (Kidman). Whether he’s actually her uncle is anyone’s guess. And from the trailer it becomes clear that he makes moves on both women, which will lead to some murder, and possible some torture. The film hits theaters March 1, 2013.
It’s hard to know what to make of the release date as it doesn’t seem geared towards a festival launch, which is usually the best way to handle a film like this (though it could play Sundance). That said, recently Park Chan-wook has been attached to a number of follow-up films in America, so it’s also likely that this turned out pretty well, even if it doesn’t connect. It’s also a good sign in that many foreign film directors get frustrated in the Hollywood system and leave after a film. We’re hoping for the best.
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