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Oldboy director Park Chan-wook reveals his next project

04.19.2012
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OLDBOY, tough as it may be to watch, is pretty much a classic of modern cinema. And if you've seen anything else at all by writer/director Park Chan-wook, you're well aware that OLDBOY was not just a one-off piece of brilliant craftsmanship.

So while details have been awfully scarce, I remaind as excited as can be for his English language debut STOKER starring Nicole Kidman, Matthew Goode, and Mia Wasikowska.  In an interview with Korea Joongang Daily, Chan-wook stirred the pot of anticipation further by stating that the film recently wrapped and that STOKER attracted his attention because it "involves a love triangle and is set entirely in a single house with only three main characters... I like telling big stories through small, artificially created worlds."

STOKER is expected to have a showing at Cannes Film Festival, so hopefully we'll be hearing a whole lot more about it very soon.

Park Chan-wook with a camera

As for what Chan-wook will do next? "I was planning to make another film, 'The Axe,' before I started shooting 'Stoker.'"  THE AXE would be a remake of the Belgian/French/Spanish film LE COUPERET, the story of “a chemist, who loses his job to outsourcing. Two years later and still jobless, he hits on a solution: to genuinely eliminate his competition.” 

Chan-wook then elaborated on why he hasn't done THE AXE yet, saying "while I was still seeking investors for that film, I received the screenplay for 'Stoker.'  So 'The Axe' will be my next work, though I need to do some more work on the casting and attracting investors. I’m also thinking about making a historical film, but I’m not sure when I’ll be able to do that... I’d like to continue working in both Hollywood and Korea. Actually, it doesn’t matter to me where a film is made. If the story is good, I’ll follow it."

The rest of the interview really is fantastic, and a great insight into Chan-wook's working style, his preference between working in Korea or in the States, and what's really important to him.  You can read all about it right here.

Extra Tidbit: Anyone out there see THIRST? And if so, what did you think? I saw a lot of MACBETH correlatives in it, which I think added fantastically to the depth and tragedy of the story.

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4:02PM on 04/19/2012
The Axe was an interesting satire from Costas-Gavras, but nothing great. Weird that Park Chan-wook would be remaking it, so soon after the original.

Interestingly enough, nobody is complaining about that remake, yet.
The Axe was an interesting satire from Costas-Gavras, but nothing great. Weird that Park Chan-wook would be remaking it, so soon after the original.

Interestingly enough, nobody is complaining about that remake, yet.
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1:20PM on 04/19/2012
Park Chan-wook and Jee-woon Kim are true visionaries at the film directing.
Park Chan-wook and Jee-woon Kim are true visionaries at the film directing.
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10:15AM on 04/19/2012
I thought Thirst was great.
It added a fresh take to the genre that won't seem to take a rest.
I thought Thirst was great.
It added a fresh take to the genre that won't seem to take a rest.
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10:06AM on 04/19/2012

Sweet

Sounds like some great new films. THIRST was his weakest work I think.
Sounds like some great new films. THIRST was his weakest work I think.
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9:16AM on 04/19/2012

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Yeah seen Thirst and loved it, can't wait for The Axe
Yeah seen Thirst and loved it, can't wait for The Axe
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