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Adi Shankar and Spencer Silna's 1984 Private Defense Contractors has acquired English language remake rights to 2010 South Korean Jee-woon Kim (The Good, the Bad, the Weird and A Tale of Two Sisters) helmed revenge thriller I Saw the Devil, which is widely regarded as the most violent and elaborate revenge story ever told onscreen. Rather than just finding the criminal, killing him, and ending the story, I Saw the Devil asks the question "what if the hero becomes the criminal?" Focusing on the characters rather than the mystery of finding the criminal, I Saw the Devil details the journey of vengeance beyond all realms of sanity. The realistic and brutal violence is one of the most explicit displays of violence ever seen on film.
Adi Shankar had this to say in a statement.
Directed by Spike Lee.
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.
Oldboy is an incredibly difficult film to review. In a similar manner to many American remakes, it must be studied in two ways: in comparison to the original and as a standalone feature. The fundamental problem with Spike Lee's Oldboy lies in its inability to distinguish himself from its predecessor. In place of Min-sik Choi is Josh Brolin, starring as anti-hero Joe Doucett in search of vengeance and answers to why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years.
- Gary Collinson
For those familiar with Chan-wook Park's mesmerising 2003 original, Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy is tantamount to cultural vandalism. For the uninitiated, it's an aesthetically and narratively unengaging dud that squanders an impressive cast.
Josh Brolin tackles the central role of Joe Doucett, an alcoholic imprisoned by an unknown captor and forced to watch news footage of his wife's murder - for which he's been framed. He tries to preserve his sanity by copying martial arts moves he sees on television and writing letters to his daughter, who was 3 when he last saw her. After 20 years, he is released. He wants vengeance. With a new friend in tow, paramedic Marie (Elizabeth Olsen), he embarks on a quest to find the truth and his daughter. It's a painful journey, mainly for any viewers. »
Universal Pictures has handed out an August 14, 2015 release date for their Untitled Jason Bourne Sequel, a follow-up to last year's The Bourne Legacy. The sequel will be going up against The Smurfs 3 in that date.
Jeremy Renner is reprising his role as Aaron Cross in the action-thriller, with Justin Lin coming on board last month to direct. Anthony Peckham is writing the script based on characters created by novelist Robert Ludlum. No story details have been released at this time, and it isn't known when production may begin.
Writer-director Luc Besson's film stars Scarlett Johansson as a young woman who develops into a dangerous assassin after being taken captive. Morgan Freeman and Min-sik Choi co-star in the action project, which is currently in production. »
Whereas both Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen have to live up to the expectations set by Min-sik Choi and Hye-jeong Kang in Chan-wook Park’s Oldboy, Michael Imperioli has the luxury of portraying a character from the manga that’s yet to make it to the big screen. Brolin leads as Joe Doucett, a brash selfish drunk who’s suddenly plucked off the streets and thrown into solitary confinement for 20 years. Even though he comes out a changed man, the people in his life are left with the impression he made before his disappearance and nothing more. Fortunately for Joe, his life-long pal Chucky (Imperioli) is willing to give him a second chance. In support of Oldboy’s November 27th release, Imperioli sat down with Collider in New York City to talk about his many collaborations with Spike Lee, what drew him to the role, whether or not Chucky really »
- Perri Nemiroff
It ain’t easy being the guy who opts to remake Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy. Back at New York Comic Con, Oldboy scribe Mark Protosevich took the stage and even though the footage shown was well received, he still got slammed with question after question regarding why he’d even try to remake the cult classic and how he could possibly do that original film justice. Protosevich’s version swaps Min-sik Choi’s Dae-su Oh for a new main man, Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin). Like, Dae-su, Joe is kidnapped and locked away for years until he’s unexpectedly released and then tasked with the challenge of finding out why he was imprisoned to begin with. While talking to Protosevich during Oldboy’s New York press day, we opted to nix repeating that same question and rather find out how Protosevich feels about repeatedly answering it. Check out what he had »
- Perri Nemiroff
(From contributing writer Bo Bory)
I startled awake into a pitch-black room. It was morning, I think... and my immediate thought was: where am I? The thick heavy curtains of my undoing were drawn down tight as I scrambled blindly in the dark for an explanation. I took quick inventory of my surroundings... a non-descript hotel room, the pungent smell of stale booze and cigarettes, a scattering of plastic cups and gaudy beads strewn carelessly across the floor. Oh yeah, now I remember...
New Orleans. Oldboy.
It was a chilly day in early November-2012, and I was sent on assignment to the Big Easy to cover the set of Spike Lee's new film, Oldboy. The movie was a remake...Scratch that, a reinterpretation (as Spike and crew would later insist) of Chan-wook Park »
“As I expected, I can’t get along with anyone today either.”
Oldboy (2003) is a mind-bending revenge tale that ventures into emotional extremes with no chance of the viewer emerging unscathed. Full of grand passions, bloodthirsty violence, and with a wicked sense of jet black humor, Oldboy is a sadistic masterpiece. The director Park Chan-wook is one among several filmmakers who’ve made South Korean cinema what it is today, and his U.S. debut Stoker is one of the best films so far this year (read my Wamg interview with Park Chan-wook Here)
Oldboy has a wild, twisty storyline: after being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su (Min-sik Choi) is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. But that’s just the launching point for a film that coasts on an epic scale emotionally and rarely slows down »
- Tom Stockman
Oldboy Movie Clip. Spike Lee‘s Oldboy (2013) movie clip stars Josh Brolin and Elizabeth Olsen. Brolin’s protagonist seems much more violent than Min-sik Choi‘s incarnation. All those years of insulation have not made Joe Doucett a people person. We previously published these Oldboy articles: Oldboy (2013) Josh Brolin, Hannah [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
It’s been a mere two days since we last received new Oldboy pics, but images from Spike Lee‘s latest joint just keep pouring in. Collider‘s gotten their hands on four new ones, including a tease of one of the original film’s gooiest, grossest moments. A lot of this we’ve either seen before, like the hallway hammer fight (which was glimpsed in the trailer) or Josh Brolin‘s character holding a Chinese take-out carton (which presumably will take the place of the original’s dumplings). Brolin staring longingly into an octopus, however, is brand new stuff. Chan-wook Park’s original Oldboy infamously saw its lead actor consume a live octopus in a sushi bar. The octopus was both real and really alive (before being crammed unceremoniously down Min-sik Choi’s throat), and four octopi had to sacrifice their lives to nail the right take. There’s no word yet whether Brolin will committing »
- Adam Bellotto
Ever since it went into development , the question of, “Why remake Oldboy?” has floated around like dumbfounded wildfire. Even when Steven Spielberg became involved, fans remained unconvinced in the need or desire for a new take on Chan-wook Park‘s revenge film. Spike Lee‘s name won over some fans, and why wouldn’t it? Lee is a director whose work is inherently American. If anyone can bend that material enough to breathe in some seedy American streets, it’s going to be the filmmaker behind 25th Hour and Do the Right Thing. Whether the film will feature some sort of commentary is up in the air, but one thing is for sure based on the first red band trailer for the film, this looks like Lee’s most focused film in years: Anyone unfamiliar with Park’s film should be intrigued by this trailer. It isn’t riding on any kind of fan service, but »
- Jack Giroux
What makes martial arts movies so appealing to Western audiences tends to be a number of factors. The usual ones are the speed, the agility and sometimes the bad dubbing.
What most audiences, particularly in the early days, failed to realise was that these movies aren’t speeded up and very few use wire work (although becoming more and more popular, sadly in my view).
What this means is that most moves in a martial film are devastating, be it a roundhouse to the face or a chop to the neck, personally I wouldn’t like to be on the end of any of them!
Here I attempt to round up the top 20, some may anger you and know doubt I’ve missed some of your favourites but hopefully, just hopefully, some will surprise you as well.
20. Oldboy – The Hammer Hallway Scene
Oldboy is one of those films you have to see, »
- Mark Appleton
We're still a few months out from the debut of Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy," with an October 11th release date planned, so it's understandable that we haven't seen too much promotional material yet. Until now, with new teaser artwork debuting at CinemaCon, but let's be honest, it barely counts. Or all it does is count, depending on how you want to look at it. The Tumblr-ready image is engraved with the number of years the protagonist in both the original manga and Park Chan-Wook's 2003 cult classic are mysteriously imprisoned for, and little else, though it does help to familiarize yourself to the shock of seeing the film's title alongside "a Spike Lee joint." Hopefully this is just to whet our appetites and more images and a trailer are close behind so that we can finally get a glimpse of Josh Brolin playing the role Min-sik Choi originated in the earlier film. »
- Mark Lukenbill
To remake or not to remake, that is the question. In general, it's not something we're big fans of, but Spike Lee taking on Park Chan-Wook's "Oldboy? Yeah, we'll roll the dice on that. With the movie coming this fall, the marketing is starting to kick off and today brings the first teaser poster for the movie. It's a simple and yet effective affair, which fans of the original movie will instantly recognise. Josh Brolin takes up the lead role, originally played by Min-sik Choi, he's an advertising executive who finds himself kidnapped without warning and held hostage for 20 years, in solitary confinement. When he is released, equally without warning, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated such a bizarre and torturous event. He uncovers layers of conspiracy and mystery reaching far back into his past. The million dollar question is whether or not it will keep »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Our exclusive clip from Well Go USA's Korean thriller New World shows just how dangerous being an undercover cop can be. Lee Jeong-jae stars as Ja-sung, a cop who has been undercover for the past eight years as the right-hand man to the Goldmoon crime syndicate leader. After the leader's death, the cops launch a new initiative that puts Ja-sung's life in danger, fearing he will be exposed as a mole. Take a look at this scene where Ja-sung confronts his police handler Kang (Min-sik Choi), revealing he needs to get out before it's too late.
New World - Exclusive "Give Up the Law"
The head of the Goldmoon crime syndicate is dead, leaving his top two lieutenants. Seizing the opportunity, the police launch an operation called New World, with the perfect weapon. The boss' right hand man, Ja-sung (Lee Jeong-jae, The Thieves), has been a deep-cover operative for 8 years, »
This article is dedicated to Andrew Copp: filmmaker, film writer, artist and close friend who passed away on January 19, 2013. You are loved and missed, brother.
Looking at the Best Actor Academy Award nominations for the film year 2012, the one miss that clearly cries out for more attention is Liam Neeson’s powerful performance in Joe Carnahan’s excellent survival film The Grey, easily one of the best roles of Neeson’s career.
Along with negligence, other factors commonly prevent outstanding lead acting performances from getting the kind of critical attention they deserve. Sometimes it’s that the performance is in a film not considered “Oscar material” or even worthy of any substantial critical attention. »
- Terek Puckett
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