Korea’s Park Chan-wook has been a cult favorite director ever since 2003’s Oldboy (which is currently being remade by Spike Lee), but somehow, he hasn’t left home to make Hollywood feature (probably all that sweet, Korean P-tang). That is… until now! Stoker stars Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska, Jackie Weaver, and Dermot Mulroney, whose name I imagine being almost impossible for a Korean dude to pronounce.
After India’s (Wasikowska’s) father dies in an auto accident, her Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode), who she never knew existed, comes to live with her and her emotionally unstable mother Evelyn (Kidman). Soon after his arrival, she comes to suspect this mysterious, charming man has ulterior motives, but instead of feeling outrage or horror, this friendless girl becomes increasingly infatuated with him. [Apple]
“Hey, Stoker! Or is STROKER now? Because I heard that’s what your MOM’s been doing. To your UNCLE.”
Yes, that is real dialog (1:16 mark). My God, this Korean. He always knows the quickest way to my heart (with a hammer, or bad bully puns). And it’s like he’s practically begging me to point out that the dad’s name was “Dick Stoker.” It’s no “Mike Hawk,” but it’ll do. Yes, I will see this movie. Opens March 1st, 2013.