Director Park Chan-Wook knows his way around a bummer of an ending. Better refill your subscription of happy pills because we’re embracing our inner darkness (and one of our favorite directors’ filmography) with a full-day celebration of the films of South Korean director Park Chan-Wook - including an advanced screening of Fox Searchlight Pictures' STOKER.
The day begins with a screening of SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, the 2002 film that kicked off the thematic trilogy of films critics have dubbed Park’s Vengeance Trilogy. When a deaf-mute kidnaps a young girl, hoping to use her ransom money to finance a kidney transplant for his sister, things go downhill very quickly when the girl dies and her father begins a search for, you guessed it, vengeance.
The next film in the trilogy is OLDBOY, perhaps Park’s most well-known film. A 2004 film, OLDBOY works the best the the less you know about it going in. Here’s the logline: A man is imprisoned for 15 years without any explanation. Upon his release, the prisoner soon learns his freedom may have a deadlier cost than originally anticipated. The movie is currently being remade by Spike Lee as an American film starring Josh Brolin.
The final film in Wook’s Vengeance Trilogy is the 2005 film SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE, the story of an innocent woman who served time in jail – doing time in place of a child-killer who went free. Released from prison, the woman begins to plot her revenge.
The day isn’t over once the Vengeance Trilogy concludes, though. We’ll immediately follow the three films with Park Chan-Wook’s first American film – Fox Searchlight Pictures' STOKER. The film stars Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode and Nicole Kidman. When Uncle Charlie (Goode) moves in with young India (Wasikowska) and her emotionally damaged mother (Kidman), things get very weird, very fast.
A $15 ticket will grant you admission to all four films. STOKER is free to attend to the public and any seats in the theater still available once SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGANCE has ended will be given away for free first come, first served.