Film Review: Stoker (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: After the death of her father, a privileged and disturbed teen meets her Uncle Charlie who changes the direction of her life forever as she slowly unravels her family’s dark, hidden mysteries. REVIEW: Stoker is a captivating and disturbing family portrait of horror and understated violence. Director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst), along with cinematographer Chung-hoon Chung, makes his State-side film debut with Stoker providing a mesmerizing but drawn out view … Continue reading

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Film Review: Three Extremes (2004)

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SYNOPSIS: A sequel to Three, Three Extremes is based around the common theme of the ‘monster’. In Fruit Chan’s, not for vegetarians, Dumplings, the secret to eternal youth lies out of special dumplings made out of the crushed bones and ground down flesh of aborted foetuses. The monster in Park Chan-wook’s Cut is a deranged fan of a famous director who tortures the wife and son of the director while the director looks on helplessly, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lady Vengeance (2005)

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(aka Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) SYNOPSIS: The final installment of director Chan Wook Park’s revenge trilogy (preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy) chronicles the efforts of Lee Geum-ja (Yeong-ae Lee) — known to her cellmates as “the kind Ms. Geum-ja” — to track down the man who betrayed her. Taking the rap for her accomplice and incarcerated for 13 long years, she plots an elaborate retribution with help from her fellow inmates. REVIEW: … Continue reading

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Film Review: Oldboy (2003)

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SYNOPSIS: With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years — and no one to hold accountable for his suffering — a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors, relying on assistance from a friendly waitress. Korean director Chan Wook Park — a former philosophy student and Hitchcock devotee — uses his influences to create a mesmerizing psychological drama with a resolution that will leave you speechless. REVIEW: Director:Chan … Continue reading

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