Things are looking good for Stoker, the first English-language film from  Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-wook. The director had already got Mia Waskiowska to play a key role. Now he’s got Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman in talks as well. Read More »

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For those who pleaded for a new ‘real’ movie from Oldboy director Park Chan-wook when we recently talked about his short film shot on the iPhone, here you go. We heard about Stoker last year — the film is scripted by Wentworth Miller under the pseudonym Ted Foulke, and is described as such: “After the death of her father, a teenager must deal with a mysterious uncle who returns to spend time with the family.”

Last year Park Chan-wook was attached to direct with Carey Mulligan in the lead and Jodie Foster in a key supporting role. Now both actresses have moved on, but it looks like Mia Wasikowska will have the lead when the film shoots this spring. Read More »

One of the more surprising news items of last week was the existence of Paranmanjang, which is a new 30 minute short film by Thirst and Oldboy director Park Chan-wook. (I originally used the translated title Ups and Downs, which is a fairly literal title translation, but it now seems like we might see the film under the name Night Fishing.) The kicker is that the short was created in partnership with a Korean telecom company, and was shot entirely on the iPhone 4.

The film will hit some Korean cinemas at the end of this month, and we’re not sure when the strange little ghost story will get out to other audiences. But as a first step we’ve got the teaser trailer and a little behind the scenes featurette on the film. And all I have to say is that it looks a bit like Park Chan-wook is channeling Canadian eccentric Guy Maddin. Which is to say: whoa. Read More »

When the iPhone 4 first arrived, the quality of the video immediately became one of the selling points, and we posted a couple pieces about people using the phone to create films. We figured that a well-known filmmaker would eventually use the device to make a film. Here’s one of the first: Paranmanjang (Ups and Downs), a 30-minute “fantasy-horror” short film from Oldboy and Thirst director Park Chan-Wook, who shot the film entirely with the iPhone 4. Read More »

Korean director Park Chan-Wook has wowed us with films like the Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy For Mister Vengeance, Oldboy, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance) and Thirst, and he’s been courted for an English-language film here and there. No deals have been made in the past, but now the director is reportedly in talks to direct a thriller called Stoker. Read More »

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So while we wait for Park Chan-wook to get to work producing Boon Joon-ho’s film based on the French comic Transperceneige, the script for which should be underway now for a 2011 or 2012 release date, we may get to see Park tackle a story that mixes topical issues with hard-boiled noir. There’s a report that he’ll remake Le couperage (The Ax), a 2005 film by Costa-Gavras, which was based upon the famous (and late) crime author Donald Westlake‘s novel of the same name. Read More »

Thirst Red Band Movie Trailer

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Focus Features will open Park Chan-Wook‘s new film Thirst on July 31, and so far we’ve had only international trailers through which to check out the film. Now IGN has a red band trailer made specifically for the US, and it’s pretty freakin’ great. Check out the escalating pace of this story about vampires and faith after the jump. Read More »

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