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Spike Lee's remake of Park Chan-wook's South Korean cult classic feels like it's violently treading water, says Tom Shone. Oldboy is out in the Us this Friday and is released in the UK on Friday 6 December

Spike Lee's Oldboy is as far from a Spike Lee Joint as could be imagined. It's actually a Park Chan-wook Joint — a remake of his 2003 South Korean cult classic about a man held in solitary confinement for 15 years before being loosed to wreak vengeance on his captors. Adapted from a manga comic-book, which was in turn adapted from an overwhelming desire to see what damage hammers do to foreheads, Chan-wook's film was a matt-black vengeance riff, decked out in playful camera angles, sicko violence, and one live octopus, which its hero ate, still wriggling – although I like to think that afterwards, its cameo over, the octopus simply called "Cut!" and resumed its position behind the camera. »

- Tom Shone

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