Park Chan-wook Amplified
Controversial, clashing, provocative.
In an interview with the website Designing Sound, sound designer Chuck Michael said that what guided him as he created the sonic landscape for Stoker was “this idea of paying attention to elements that lie deeper than the surface.”
In Stoker, Park Chan-wook’s first American outing, there are several scenes with spiders crawling up the legs of India (Mia Wasikowska). In the later scenes, when the spider crawls past India’s thighs and disappears underneath her skirt, their eight legs sound like keystrokes of a piano. The sound collates her loss of innocence with the sound of a piano, setting up the climax of the symbolism in a majestically sensuous – and incestuous - four-handed symphony with her uncle. Park leaves all the clues in the audio track.Watch Now: Old Boy and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, two fantastic films by legendary South Korean director, Park Chan-wook.