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Why do we need an English-language remake of Park Chan-wook's prize-winning Korean thriller? Other than catering to an audience unwilling to read subtitles, it's hard to see what Spike Lee has brought to the table, despite his insistence that this is not really a remake, but another interpretation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's original manga source.
Josh Brolin plays the antihero held captive for 20 years, reduced to his animalistic essentials before being unleashed into the unsuspecting world, hellbent on revenge. Lacking the visual pizzazz of its predecessor which was drenched in the dreamy/ nightmarish hues of mythical allegory, this altogether more mundane rendering merely draws attention to the gaping holes in the incestuous narrative which duly unravels before us. Heads are shattered, bones are cracked, but all to little effect. Meanwhile »
- Mark Kermode
He told Vulture that the makers of the new version have paid homage to the octopus scene in the original film.
"We have several homages to it, but we didn't want to do everything," Lee explained. "Josh went to meet with Park Chan-wook and ask for his blessing, and one of the things Park said was, 'Make your own film. Don't do everything I did.'''
Lee was recently criticised on Twitter after he dismissed claims that there were copyright issues regarding his Oldboy movie poster.
Spike Lee has been criticised on Twitter after dismissing claims of a copyright breach.
In an open letter, Garcia said that his designs were being used to promote the film, but he had not agreed to their use and has not been paid.
Asking Lee to intervene, he stated that an agency made an "insultingly low offer" when asking to use his designs, but continued to use them despite being declined.
Lee later responded by saying the letter was a "cheap trick" from somebody he had never worked with before.
The filmmaker was soon criticised by Twitter users over the remarks, »
Now playing in theaters is Spike Lee’s Oldboy. As most of you know, it's a remake of the acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan-Wook, which was inspired by the Japanese graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. Lee’s film follows the downward spiral and unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who, one drunken night, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre hotel without any idea of his captor’s identity or motive. When he’s inexplicably released 20 years later, Doucett embarks on a quest to find out who orchestrated his punishment and why. The thriller also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick, James Ransone, and Rami Malek. At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Brolin. While I normally sit down with the person I'm interviewing and ask them a few questions, as soon as I entered the room, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
Few people would ever accuse Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy of being subtle cinema, but Spike Lee’s remake of the 2003 feature smashes any lingering vestiges of the restrained right into the ground with a bloody, looming hammer. Strangely enough, the opening credits of Oldboy provide some insight into the feature itself – this is “a Spike Lee film,” not “a Spike Lee joint,” and it’s “based on the Korean film,” not “based on Park Chan-wook’s film” or “based on Garon Tsuchiya’s manga.” This is not a unique feature and even its own director isn’t interested in putting his signature touch on it. As with Chan-wook’s film, Oldboy centers on a seemingly regular man who is abducted, thrown into a prison-like hotel room for two decades, and framed for the heinous murder of his ex-wife. Josh Brolin is effective enough in the role, and he’s got the fiery anger and unswerving drive element »
- Kate Erbland
A favorite pastime of those who love Asian film is to carp about Hollywood's annoying tendency to lay claim to and defile their favorites. But Spike Lee's Oldboy is the remake that came too late, so benign and unmemorable that not even people who loved Park Chan-wook's 2003 original will be able to muster much outrage. Unlike the picture it's based on — itself adapted from a manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi — Lee's Oldboy is drab and humorless, devoid of the stylistic curlicues that can get you through even a bad Spike Lee film. Like its hero, a clueless lug who's imprisoned for 20 years by an invisible captor for a transgression he doesn't remember committing, it stumbles onto the movie landscape, blinking in the glare and wondering, Where am »
Mark Protosevich's resume is a rather solid one: He counts The Cell, Poseidon, I Am Legend and Thor among the films he's worked on - big budget, extremely visual pictures that were met with varying degrees of audience approval. His latest work is easily the most provocative: a "re-imagening" of Oldboy. Though based on the manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, the title is more closely associated with the 2005 adaptation by Park Chan-Wook; the violent and surreal film has »
- Eric Walkuski
For audiences familiar with Chan-wook Park's 2003 adaptation of Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi's graphic novel, Spike Lee's Oldboy is sure to elicit a different response than those entirely unfamiliar with the material, which could prove an interesting social experiment. I haven't seen Park's film for a year or so, maybe longer, but if my memory serves me well enough, in most ways screenwriter Mark Protosevich (The Cell, I Am Legend) hasn't made many changes in terms of getting from point A to point B, though what largely seems different are the characters' relationships with one another, but I think even that can be accounted for in interesting ways. The cultural differences between the Korean original and this American remake result in a fascinating game of compare and contrast for those that have seen both, though it's not even necessarily the actual culture I'm referring to as much »
- Brad Brevet
It would be unreasonable to expect Spike Lee's Oldboy to deliver the disgusting thrill of Park Chan-wook's 2003 original, an exquisitely harrowing work even its maker hasn't yet been able to match. But the story of a man seeking revenge after being imprisoned for many years, drawn from a Japanese manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi, proves durable. Fans expecting an American version to water it down will discover that, while Lee leaves some of Park's more memorable outrages behind, he and screenwriter Mark Protosevich find one or two ways to up the taboo-testing ante, small surprises
- John DeFore
The artwork includes two references to the infamous hammer fight scene from Chan-wook Park's original film.
Based on Garon Tsuchiya's Japanese manga series, Oldboy tells the story of an advertising executive (played by Josh Brolin) who is mysteriously captured and kept in solitary confinement in a psuedo-prison.
After 20 years have passed, the man is set free without explanation and is given just five days to seek revenge on those who kidnapped him.
The tagline "Find the truth and make it hurt" is blazoned across one poster, whilst another shows tally marks on the back of Brolin's hand.
A third poster details the 20 years Brolin's character Joe Doucette spends trapped in a hotel-like room with a series of CCTV images.
I won’t hide the fact that I was one of the first people to scoff at the idea of anyone remaking Park Chan-Wook’s revenge thriller Oldboy. The Korean film has been heralded as a proper masterpiece, which is a universally accepted classification. Plus, I’ve seen too many of my favorite foreign films be remade with a dumbed down, Hollywood version ([Rec]). That being said, there’s something different about Spike Lee’s Oldboy.
Lead actor Josh Brolin became extremely committed to the role, going as far as to ask Park Chan-Wook himself for permission to remake his movie, and the director’s response was simple: “You and Spike make your own film, don’t remake ours.“
Sure, some might interpret that statement as Park forbidding such a remake, but as I learned very quickly from talking to Spike Lee himself, those words resonated with him and his crew very deeply. »
- Matt Donato
Spike Lee’s Oldboy is a stylish reimagining of a legendary tale of vengeance inspired by the Japanese graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi and the acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan Wook. Lee’s new take follows the downward spiral and unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who, one drunken night, is kidnapped and imprisoned in a bizarre hotel without any idea of his captor’s identity or motive. When he’s inexplicably released 20 years later, Doucett embarks on a quest to find out who orchestrated his punishment and why. The visceral thriller also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, and Michael Imperioli. At yesterday’s Los Angeles press day, Lee talked about making Oldboy his own, why he considers the film a reinterpretation and not a remake, keeping the twists and turns of the story fresh for a new audience, what Brolin and Olsen brought to their roles, »
- Sheila Roberts
Leading up to the November 27th release of "Oldboy," Spike Lee's adaptation of the 2003 Korean film by Park Chan-wook, Film District has published part 1 of "Devil's Eyes," a graphic novel inspired by "Oldboy" on the film's Tumblr. "Oldboy," written by Mark Protosevich, follows the story of Joe Doucette who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years before being released -- only to set out on a mission to find out who imprisoned him and why. The prequel trilogy, "Devil's Eyes," begins in 1991 and provides a backstory for one of the film's most sinister characters, Chaney (Samuel L. Jackson), who lords over the "hotel" where people are illegally held captive. Part 1 of the series, "The Rat," introduces Chaney, who is seeking protection after he's been set up as a "fall guy." Of course, the original "Oldboy" film was itself inspired by a graphic novel, or rather, a a Japanese manga »
- Paula Bernstein
To be fair, Park Chan-wook's adaptation of Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya's original manga has some significant differences from the source material. Spike Lee has stated previously that his version will be more in keeping with the manga. Mark Protosevich, screen writer of Spike Lee's film said something similar, that American audiences familiar with the original movie can expect something different this November. "The core story is the same, but there are some cultural aspects of the original that I feel are very much of its culture, and I was very conscious of trying to make our film resonate more from a Western perspective. There were certain elements that were very stylized in the original, and I think we wanted to ground it more in reality, or at least that was my intention to make it play in a more straightforward sense. So, it was trying to »
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FilmDistrict has been gearing up nicely for the film’s release in recent weeks, and all that they’ve released so far has raised the anticipation nicely. And with little more than a fortnight before it finally hits cinemas, a new clip has debuted online, giving us a look at Josh Brolin sharing a drink with The Sopranos’ Michael Imperioli on the former’s first day of freedom.
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest »
- Kenji Lloyd
The upcoming American remake of Stoker director Park Chan-wook's acclaimed South Korean suspense thriller is based on the popular manga of the same name by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Josh Brolin is front and centre this time around in the role originally played by Choi Min-sik in Park Chan-wook’s cult classic. And with just a few weeks to go before its arrival, FilmDistrict has released a new featurette, taking a look at Brolin’s transformation for the part.
An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. His quest for revenge leads »
- Kenji Lloyd
Check out this new featurette on Josh Brolin's transformation in FilmDistrict's upcoming Oldboy remake directed by Spike Lee. Also with Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Sharlto Copley, the thriller is scripted by Mark Protosevich based on the Manga by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi. Oldboy is produced by Doug Davison and Roy Lee, as well as Nathan Kahane, and is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. »
(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 »
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