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This whole idea of her getting a new pair of saddle shoes every year, from a mysterious gift-giver, it’s something that I added into the script as I was doing my own pass on the script. While I was doing that, I remember talking to everybody involved in the film at the time. In Korea, you never give a pair of shoes to someone you love because there is sort of a very Korean jinx that if you give someone you love a pair of shoes, they will wear it and they will run away from you. With “Stoker,” with this additional element I brought in where Uncle Charlie is the one who we later find out has been giving these pairs of saddle shoes to India, finally giving her high heels — India wears those high heels and leaves Uncle Charlie, as it were. Isn’t that interesting?
- Chan-Wook Park

Stoker

Bram Stoker goes up to the counter and orders “anything red.” His barista is noticeably disturbed, but decides that he is so curious about Stoker’s life and habits that he will follow him to his home, move in with him, and attempt to learn more about his undoubtedly fascinating life. Bram Stoker is delighted. The barista is seen again months later with dead eyes and puncture wounds on his neck.

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My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I’m not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father’s belt tied around my mother’s blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.

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You know, I’ve often wondered why it is we have children in the first place. And the conclusion I’ve come to is… At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, “You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed.” Because we want someone to get it right this time. But not me… Personally speaking I can’t wait to watch life tear you apart.

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You know, I’ve often wondered why it is we have children in the first place. And the conclusion I’ve come to is… At some point in our lives we realize things are screwed up beyond repair. So we decide to start again. Wipe the slate clean. Start fresh. And then we have children. Little carbon copies we can turn to and say, “You will do what I could not. You will succeed where I have failed.” Because we want someone to get it right this time.

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Park Chan-wook and female characters

When I was younger, years ago, I just didn’t know how to depict a female character, or how to create one. And because of that, I had a vague sense of fear about creating and depicting such characters. And even after having created one, I would always feel that my own creation is somehow unnatural. But perhaps it has to do with the continuing marriage that I have with my wife that has informed my interest and my understanding of women, and more and more I have given more significance to the female characters in my films. - Park Chan-wook

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My ears hear what others cannot hear; small faraway things people cannot normally see are visible to me. These senses are the fruits of a lifetime of longing, longing to be rescued, to be completed. Just as the skirt needs the wind to billow, I’m not formed by things that are of myself alone. I wear my father’s belt tied around my mother’s blouse, and shoes which are from my uncle. This is me. Just as a flower does not choose its color, we are not responsible for what we have come to be. Only once you realize this do you become free, and to become adult is to become free.

Stoker (2013)