Park Chan-wook is one of three leading Korean directors who are making their debuts in Hollywood this year, along with Bong Joon-ho and Kim Ji-woon. In doing so, Park, the man who made "Oldboy" an international success, managed to attract the talents of Nicole Kidman for his latest flick "Stoker."
But the man known for his so-called Vengeance Trilogy, which includes "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" (2002), "Oldboy" (2003) and "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" (2005), says he was more attracted to the audience Hollywood provides access to than the big stars.
"The main reason I made the movie in the U.S. is because of the size of the audience there. Even if a movie made in Korea is screened here [in the U.S.], the number of cinemagoers who are prepared to sit through [two hours of] subtitles are very limited. And this is also true in other countries," said Park.
"Stoker" premiered in Park City, Utah on Sunday (local time). The film had its world premiere at Sundance, the world's biggest independent film festival, which opened on Thursday. The script was written by "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller, and Nicole Kidman and rising star Mia Wasikowska play mother and daughter in this stylish thriller. The film cost US$12 million to make.
"Whether it becomes a hit or not is not the most important thing for me. I want to attract more diverse audiences. Another reason is that I can work with a broader range of actors. This means my world can almost connect with the world of those directors the actors have previously worked with. For example, working with Nicole Kidman was, for me, akin to meeting [the late] Stanley Kubrick or [Danish filmmaker] Lars Von Trier."
When asked why she agreed to make the movie after the film premiered, Kidman said her decision was based solely on the fact that Park was directing it.