Stoker (2013): Chan-wook Park’s ode to the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock

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Stoker, celebrated Korean director Chan-wook Park’s English-language debut, is a dark, disturbing and diabolical film about an introspective young girl named India who witnesses the loss of innocence following the sudden and untimely death of her beloved father. In Stoker, Park’s fixation for the bizarre and the morbid is once again on full display. But, he is clearly a bit more cautious than usual. He seems to keep his characters on a tight leash for a much longer duration, and this makes the movie’s first half appear much slower and less hyper than a typical Park film. But, once the dust settles down, the viewer is treated to sheer mastery of Park’s craft.

In Stoker, Park pays homage to the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock. Those who have seen Hitchcock’s 1943 thriller Shadow of a Doubt wouldn’t find it hard to draw parallels. Park limns a colorful canvas like only…

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