Foreign filmmakers are rarely well served by their excursions into Hollywood, but for South Korean director Chan-wook Park, the guiding hand of Fox Searchlight may not have been a bad thing: this erotic psychodrama (2013) rivals his Oldboy and Lady Vengeance in its bold color and delirious compositions but avoids the ritualized sadism that made those films such dubious pleasures. The screenplay—written by first-timer Wentworth Miller but worked over by the kinky Erin Cressida Wilson (Secretary, Chloe)—is a sexualized take on Hitchcock's Shadow of a Doubt (1943). The young heroine (Mia Wasikowska), traumatized by her father's mysterious death, recoils when his long-lost brother, Charlie (Matthew Goode), starts moving in on her mother (Nicole Kidman); her loathing for this handsome charmer diminishes only as she begins to want him herself and he begins to pull her into his evil orbit. With Phyllis Somerville and Dermot Mulroney.
Director: Park Chan-wook
Producer: Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Michael Costigan, Steven Rales and Mark Roybal
Cast: Mia Wasikowska, Matthew Goode, Nicole Kidman, Jacki Weaver, Dermot Mulroney, Alden Ehrenreich, Phyllis Somerville, Ralph Brown, Harmony Korine and Lucas Till