Trailer for ‘Stoker’

Looks intriguing. I really think Park Chan-wook is at his best when he’s directing other people’s stuff, and here, he’s directing a script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller. So like I said, intriguing.

Stoker is set to open in March.

Park isn’t the only Korean director breaking into Hollywood this year, of course. Kim Ji-yong’s “The Last Stand” recently opened to mixed reviews, although I suppose salvaging even that much from a Schwarzenegger vehicle speaks well of Kim’s talent. Bong Joon-ho, too, has got “Snowpiercer” coming out (most likely in summer) starring Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Tilda Swinton, Octavia Spencer, Song Kang-ho and Ed Harris.

  • Niels Footman

    Team-ups between East Asian directors and crusty Hollywood action stars do not have a happy history. Who remembers Van Damme and his majestic mullet in the John Woo-directed Hard Target? Or how about Van Damme in Ringo Lam’s Maximum Risk? Best (ie, worst) of all is surely the Tsui Hark abomination Double Team, starring tattooed basketball buffoon Dennis Rodman and, um, Jean-Claude Van Damme. At least Kim managed to avoid that particular pitfall, I suppose…

  • east@heart

    Niels, I notice a flaw in your argument. It might better read, “Team-ups between East Asian directors and crusty Hollywood action stars named Van Damme do not have a happy history.”

  • wangkon936

    Agreed. Park Chan Wook is a better director than a screen writer.

  • Annie Nonimus

    Kim Jee-woon directed Last Stand.

    Snowpiercer looks awesome.

  • madar

    This is an English version of a some of the (family based) Korean film noir that is a fun genre that Hollywood has for the most part. It should be a lot of fun and it sounds like a great choice for a director.

  • KWillets

    I really like the Three Ninjas movies.

  • Niels Footman

    east@heart, it might even better read, “Team-ups between East Asian directors from Hong Kong and crusty Hollywood action stars named Van Damme do not have a happy history,” thus exposing my original statement as being almost completely irrelevant to this topic. But where would be the fun in that? :)

  • alex

    What movies do you like from Park Chan -wook that are other peoples stuff?

  • alex

    Stoker appears to be the only movie that he has not scripted but directed. Do you consider this movie to be his best movie? Which by the way sounds absurd. Or is your def for “his stuff” require a different criteria? After all you think he makes good movies as long as its not his stuff???

  • ryuNchoosk

    Unintelligible, kooky Asians in Bong, Joon-ho’s ‘Snowpiercer’|home|online

    “To be sure, the film’s criticisms of the divide between those with power
    and those without is a theme we’ve all seen before and can relate to.”

    “The biggest problem with the movie is that the main characters just
    don’t come together as an ensemble. Character development is definitely
    not the film’s strong suit.”