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Oldboy -- An advertising executive is 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 punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
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Director:
Writers:
Garon Tsuchiya (manga) &
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Release Date:
27 November 2013 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.
Plot:
Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A remake that's just about adequate on its own merits, but is hardly a patch on the film on which it was based. See more (224 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Josh Brolin ... Joe Doucett

Elizabeth Olsen ... Marie Sebastian

Sharlto Copley ... Adrian / The Stranger

Samuel L. Jackson ... Chaney

Michael Imperioli ... Chucky

Pom Klementieff ... Haeng-Bok

James Ransone ... Dr. Tom Melby

Max Casella ... James Prestley

Linda Emond ... Edwina Burke

Elvis Nolasco ... Cortez

Rami Malek ... Browning

Lance Reddick ... Daniel Newcombe

Hannah Ware ... Donna Hawthorne

Richard Portnow ... Bernie Sharkey

Hannah Simone ... Stephanie Lee

Ciera Payton ... Capri
Cinqué Lee ... Bellhop

Steven Hauck ... Arthur Pryce

Caitlin Dulany ... Emma Pryce

Ilfenesh Hadera ... Judy
Phyllis Montana LeBlanc ... Grace

Michael J. Burg ... Luxembourg Police Chief

Lizzy DeClement ... Amanda Pryce
Erik Gersovitz ... Young Adrian

Gralen Bryant Banks ... Captain Lionel

Dustan Costine ... Security Guard
Lennie Hsiao ... Souvenir Vendor

Joe Chrest ... Johnny / Schizophrenic Man

Linda Jewell ... Motorcycle Messenger

Kerry Cahill ... Shirley Roos

Douglas M. Griffin ... Ken Roos

Brett Lapeyrouse ... Young Chucky

Victoria Geil ... Young Donna
Violet Hill ... Mia (10 Years Old)

Grey Damon ... Young Joe
Jung Tan ... Chinese Woman

Jordan Salloum ... Anthony
Sharon Gee ... Librarian

Elvy Yost ... Mia (23 Years Old)

Carol Sutton ... Vera

Taryn Terrell ... Girl In Park
Marco Umana ... Burly Man

Giovanni Silva ... The Checkpoint

Steve Kim ... Brute #1

Brian Oerly ... Brute #2

Josh Diogo ... Brute #3

Jeff Ward ... Crazy Brute

Billy Tilk ... Jock #1

Ronn Surels ... Jock #2
Walter Garcia ... Jock #3
Joe Williams ... Jock #4

Eric R Salas ... Jock #5
Shannon Rockweiler ... Aerobics Instructor
Altonio Jackson ... Bohemian Artist #1
Louis Tucci ... Bohemian Artist #2

William Vines ... Bohemian Artist #3 (as William J. Vines)
David Dahlgren ... Old Timer #1

Jodie Moore ... Old Timer #2
Shelton Alexander ... Construction Worker
Mary Glackmeyer ... Yoga Instructor
Brianna Nowlin ... Exercise Video Model
Alexa Kobylarz ... Sexy Calisthenics Instructor
Iman Marshall ... Dancer #1
Renata Granger ... Dancer #2
Leslie Saubat ... Dancer #3
Donna Crump ... Dancer #4 / Zumba Leader
Catherine Caldwell ... Zumba #1
Wilheisha Lucien ... Zumba #2 (as Wilneisha Lucien)
Syndi Russell ... Zumba #3
Nicole Norman ... Zumba #4
Niki Kleinberger ... Aerobics #2
Peryn St. Raymond ... Aerobics #3
Al Palagonia ... Convenience Store Clerk

Alvin Chon ... Delivery Boy
William D. Green ... Willie Green
Anthony Tien Quang ... Geico
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Jay Oliver ... Nursing home visitor
Adam Alvarez ... Office Worker (uncredited)

Jon Arthur ... Deliveryman (uncredited)
Frank O. Butler ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Joseph Randy Causin ... Upscale Pedestrian (uncredited)
Edward J. Clare ... Luxembourger Police Officer (uncredited)
James DeWitt III ... Young Chucky's Jock Friend (uncredited)

Steffie Grote ... Competitive Swimmer (uncredited)
Emily D. Haley ... Office worker (uncredited)
Mark Joyce ... Guest (uncredited)
Cynthia LeBlanc ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Elton LeBlanc ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)
Catherine Lucchesi ... Jock Girlfriend (uncredited)

Chris Marroy ... Rumpled Businessman (uncredited)

Austin Naulty ... Brute (uncredited)

Madison Probus ... Elite Prep School Girl (uncredited)

Zachary Probus ... Year Book Photo (uncredited)

Philippe Radelet ... Middle Class Man (uncredited)
Katherine Jeanie Russell ... Upper Scale Pedestrian (uncredited)
Dathan Smith ... Park Jogger (uncredited)
Joseph Uzzell ... White Collar Worker (uncredited)
Bob Walker ... Businessman (uncredited)
Christopher Michael Watts ... Advertising Executive (uncredited)

Rachel Whitman Groves ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jesse Yarborough ... Restaurant Patron (uncredited)

Directed by
Spike Lee 
 
Writing credits
Garon Tsuchiya (manga) &
Nobuaki Minegishi (manga)

Mark Protosevich  screenplay

Produced by
Audrey Chon .... production executive
Doug Davison .... producer
Meryl Emmerton .... production executive
Nathan Kahane .... executive producer
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... co-producer
Dong-Joo Kim .... executive producer
Roy Lee .... producer
Spike Lee .... producer
Matthew F. Leonetti Jr. .... co-producer
Sonny Mallhi .... co-producer
John Powers Middleton .... executive producer
Mark Protosevich .... co-producer
Peter Schlessel .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Roque Baños 
 
Cinematography by
Sean Bobbitt 
 
Film Editing by
Barry Alexander Brown 
 
Casting by
Kim Coleman 
 
Production Design by
Sharon Seymour 
 
Art Direction by
Peter Borck 
 
Set Decoration by
Maggie Martin 
 
Costume Design by
Ruth E. Carter 
 
Makeup Department
Melizah Anguiano .... key hair stylist (as Melizah Schmidt)
Tracy Ewell .... key makeup artist
Lee Gren .... graphic designer specialty tattoos: Tinsley Studio
Robin Myriah Hatcher .... special makeup effects production coordinator
Sacha Quarles .... hair department head
Christien Tinsley .... makeup department head
Hiroshi Yada .... special makeup effects crew: Tinsley studio
 
Production Management
Will Greenfield .... production supervisor
Avram 'Butch' Kaplan .... production manager
Paul A. Levin .... post-production supervisor
John Portnoy .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mike Ellis .... first assistant director
Michael A. Pinckney .... second assistant director
Sherman Shelton Jr. .... second second assistant director
 
Art Department
Spencer J. Abadie .... construction buyer
Jana Camacho .... assistant property master
Todd Clevenger .... lead scenic
Melisa Coby .... scenic artist
Daniel Coe .... construction coordinator
Matthew L. Crowson .... set dresser
Saul Cruthirds .... set dresser
Anthony Dimeo .... property master
Stephen P. Durante .... lead man
Ryan Martin Dwyer .... swing gang
Nicholas Ellerbee .... carpenter
Nicholas Ellerbee .... propmaker
Brigitte Faucheaux .... video graphics designer
Matthew Ford .... construction medic
Sonia L. Garcia .... scenic artist (as L. Sonia Garcia)
Matthew Gatlin .... set designer
Molly Harrison .... props
Kelly Hemenway .... graphic designer
Alexa Kinigopoulos .... assistant property master
Kristin Lekki .... graphic artist
Mayaba Liebenthal .... production assistant
John Lindsay .... greensman
Daniel A. Maes .... set dresser
Robert J. Moore Jr. .... set dresser
Marybeth O'Connor .... props
Alixandra Petrovich .... on-set dresser
Paul Pitalo .... props
George Sanchez .... plasterer
Victoria St. Pierre .... on-set scenic
Alexander 'Sasha' Stolin .... scenic artist
Trinh Vu .... set designer
Jay Watt .... construction medic
Robert Wilson Jr. .... scenic
Stephanie Wittmann .... set decoration assistant
Matt Zaff .... set dresser
Tony Ziegler .... set dresser
 
Sound Department
Steve C. Aaron .... production sound mixer
Michael Baird .... supervising sound designer
Benjamin James Bradshaw .... foley mixer
Ryan Briley .... assistant adr editor
Patrick Christensen .... adr engineer
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Jason Dotts .... sound effects editor
Kevin Froines .... assistant sound editor
Steven Iba .... supervising sound editor
Kyle D. Krajewski .... adr recordist
Michael Miller .... adr mixer
Jeffrey Roy .... foley editor
Tom Ryan .... adr mixer
Spencer Schwieterman .... additional re-recording mixer
D. Chris Smith .... sound effects editor
Paul Tirone .... adr recordist
Vicki Vandegrift .... foley artist
Jonathan Wales .... sound re-recording mixer
Jared Watt .... boom operator
Chris Welcker .... sound utility
 
Special Effects by
Matthew Gatlin .... model maker
Edward Joubert .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Jordan Alphonso .... digital compositor
Daniel Briney .... digital compositor
Karen Heston .... flame artist
Elbert Irving IV .... visual effects coordinator: Wildfire VFX
Lauren Ritchie .... visual effects producer: Wildfire VFX
Dottie Starling .... visual effects supervisor: Wildfire VFX
Matt Stroub .... Flame artist
Richard Weissman .... visual effects artist
Mark Wilhelm .... flame artist
J. Thomas Wilson .... compositor
Steven Young .... visual effects coordinator
 
Stunts
Andy Abele .... stunt performer
Airon Armstrong .... stunt performer
Clayton J. Barber .... stunt performer
John Bernecker .... stunt performer
Steve Brown .... stunts (as Steve J. Brown)
Trace Cheramie .... stunts
Alvin Chon .... stunts
Josh Diogo .... stunts
Yan Dron .... stunts
Walter Garcia .... stunts
Travis Gomez .... stunts
Jace Jeanes .... stunts
Jacob Kabel .... stunts
Steve Kim .... stunts
Luke LaFontaine .... stunts
Nito Larioza .... stunt performer
Kortney Manns .... stunt performer
Brad Martin .... stunts
Travis Merendino .... utility stunts (as Travis Merindino)
Mark Norby .... stunt coordinator
Dan B. Norris .... utility stunts
Paul Andrew O'Connor .... stunts
Brian Oerly .... stunt actor
J.J. Perry .... fight choreographer
J.J. Perry .... stunt coordinator
Greg Rementer .... stunts
Eric R Salas .... stunts
Todd Schneider .... stunts
Dalton Simons .... stunts
Eric Stratemeier .... stunts
Ronn Surels .... stunts
Billy Tilk .... stunt performer
Tony Vo .... stunts
David Wald .... fight coordinator
Kenny Waymack Jr. .... stunt performer
Joe Williams .... stunts
Mike Wilson .... stunts
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Grayson Austin .... Steadicam operator
Russell Beard .... rigging electrician
Sidney Brisco .... lighting technician
Victor Brunette .... video playback
Scott Calcagno .... rigging grip
Joe Cassano .... dolly grip: "a" camera
Michael Charbonnet .... first assistant camera
Eric DePoorter .... rigging grip
John Gregory Edwards .... rigging electrician
Rowland Egerton .... best boy rigging grip
Chris Flowers .... electrician
Dan Furst .... hd video assist
Melanie Gates .... film loader
Hilary Bronwyn Gayle .... still photographer
John Gorman .... rigging grip
Christian Hardy .... grip
Stan Hoyt .... electrician
Joe Lotuaco .... grip
Rob Pierson .... electrician
Jonathan E. Robinson .... second assistant camera: "b" camera
Ernest Rydberg .... crane tech
Brett Walters .... first assistant camera: a camera
Ryland Witten-Smith .... grip
 
Casting Department
Karen Kaia Livers .... casting associate
Keisha Richardson .... casting assistant
Jackie Sollitto .... casting associate
Nadiyah Skyy Taylor .... extras casting assistant
Vanessa Toll .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Toby Bronson .... key set costumer
Megan Coates .... assistant costume designer
Meghan Cornay .... set costumer
Daniela Fabrizi .... costume assistant
Dana Kay Hart .... costume supervisor
Aurora Knox .... seamstress
Brittany Lathan .... additional set costumer
Brittany Lathan .... costume assistant
Laura Faye Sirkin-Brown .... seamstress
Jen Wasson .... costume buyer
Branden Watson .... seamstress
Lesley D. Wickham .... ager/dyer
Chloe Ji Yoon .... Costume illustrator
 
Editorial Department
Ryan Denmark .... additional editor
John Diesso .... digital intermediate conform editor
Giovanni DiGiorgio .... digital intermediate assistant
Laurent Dupepe .... post engineer
Tom Poole .... digital intermediate colorist
Kevin Soares .... assistant editor
Greg Thompson .... assistant editor
Barbier Lucie .... drs artist (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Michael K. Bauer .... music editor
Ginés Carrión .... orchestrator
Tessy Díez .... assistant composer
Tessy Díez .... production music coordinator
Jason La Rocca .... music scoring mixer
Martin Roller .... score recording engineer
 
Transportation Department
Richard Brown .... picture car coordinator
Earl R. Hurst Sr. .... transportation captain
Lionel C. Johnson .... driver
Randy Kinyon .... transportation coordinator
Nick W. Pastrano .... driver: basecamp generator, wardrobe trailer
 
Other crew
Christian Agypt .... production coordinator
Laurie Alexander .... business & legal affairs assistant
Mac Alsfeld .... assistant: Elizabeth Olsen & Sharlto Copley
Jason Ament .... stand-in for mr. brolin
Joaquin Aragon .... location assistant
Aaron Becker .... title designer: main titles
Barbara Berkery .... dialect coach: Mr Copley
Maxwell Berry .... location production assistant
Sumner Boissiere III .... additional set production assistant
Kara Bowman .... medic
Elspeth Brodie .... dialogue coach
Jason Chandler .... set production assistant
Lauren Ciell .... assistant accountant
Andrea Claret .... assistant accountant
Jamie Clevenger .... assistant to Matthew Leonetti, Jr.
Lauren Elizabeth Cummings .... production assistant
Shawn 'Fluff Daddy' Duane .... production assistant
Ashley T. Farrell .... assistant script coordinator
Ashley T. Farrell .... assistant to producers
Jay Floyd .... clearance administrator
Lindsey Fredieu .... production assistant
Charlie French .... locations
Natalie Girard .... stand-in
Yves Hofer .... assistant: Spike Lee
Brian Hollars .... additional set pa
Zachary Holmes .... computer/video playback
Harrison Huffman .... assistant production coordinator
Jim Jaffe .... product placement executive
Vicki V. Johnson .... key set medic
Emily Kacere .... production secretary
Seth Kleinberg .... executive producer: main titles
Jason Lampkin .... administrative supervisor
Leigha K. Lindsay .... production assistant (as Leigha Lindsay)
Lydia Look .... adr voice
Mike MacCuish .... first assistant accountant
Marlene Marks .... payroll accountant
Ilana McAllister .... production accountant
Volney McFarlin .... assistant: Mr. Jackson
Matt McLellan .... key assistant location manager
Lauri Mills .... studio teacher
Keith Alan Morris .... Production Consultant
Taylor Newman .... set production assistant
Albert Quaid .... assistant location manager
Nick Reasons .... office production assistant
Emily LaRene Roberts .... production assistant
Tyler Samardick .... additional craft service
Terrence Segura .... production assistant
Diane Slattery .... unit publicist
Emilie Staat .... script coordinator
Pauline S. Storms .... production assistant
Jordan Sudduth .... production assistant
Jordan Sudduth .... stand-in
Samuel W. Sullivan .... script supervisor
Angela Villalobos .... assistant to mr. drake
Aaron V. Williamson .... fitness professional
Kenneth Yu .... production secretary
Bree Brincat .... intern (uncredited)
Jai Joseph .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
Thanks
Jeff Betancourt .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language
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Trivia:
When Joe Doucett goes to buy his daughter a birthday present, the girl working on the stall is wearing angel-wings. This is a nod to the original Oldboy film, where Oh Dae-Su buys the angel-wings for his daughter.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Joe and Adrian are walking down a hallway to get Joe's daughter, the hallway is bathed in red lighting. The lighting is no longer red after they open a door and they're seen from another camera angle.See more »
Quotes:
Adrian:Heaven make me free of it. The rest is silence.See more »
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References The Godfather (1972)See more »
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47 out of 78 people found the following review useful.
A remake that's just about adequate on its own merits, but is hardly a patch on the film on which it was based., 1 December 2013
Author: shawneofthedead

Hollywood remakes of Asian films are always an iffy proposition. How will the nuances and culturally-specific references translate across oceans and continents? Generally, however good the remakes, they rarely – if ever – eclipse the original films. In recent memory, perhaps only Martin Scorsese's The Departed, based on Infernal Affairs, has managed to find a life of its own. Other remakes, like The Lake House and Shall We Dance?, have sunk into ignominy. Spike Lee's Oldboy isn't completely terrible, but it does lose quite a bit of the dark, bruising, ambivalent flavour of Park Chan-Wook's 2003 Korean classic.

Josh Brolin takes centre stage in Lee's version. He sinks credibly into the abrasive, drunken skin of Joe Doucett, a slimy guy whose wife and daughter Mia have left him. Nevertheless, Joe continues to merrily offend everyone around him, until he is abruptly kidnapped and trapped in a hotel room for twenty years. During his arduous time spent in solitary confinement, Joe ponders the mystery of his captor. When he finally gets free, he resolves to seek revenge and re-connect with Mia – a mission that becomes increasingly fraught with complications as horrifying secrets from his past are unearthed.

On its own merits, Oldboy – the title as obtuse as ever – is passably gripping. It entertains and horrifies in equal measure, packing in a great deal of bone-crunching violence and torture that runs the gamut from physical to psychological and everything in between. The relationship that develops between Joe and charity worker Marie (Elizabeth Olsen) is well-acted, if a little forced. Lee even cooks up a pretty disturbing face-off between Joe and Chaney (Samuel L. Jackson), the guy in charge of locking up people for his clients – no questions asked.

What works rather less well is the deliberate dilution of the twist in Oldboy's tale, presumably because American audiences can only handle so much moral and emotional ambiguity. Where Park's version sees the revenge mission warped with a horrifyingly emotional dilemma, Lee's film shies away from the conundrum. As a result, the film becomes far less subtle and considerably more melodramatic. There's a flashback sequence towards the end of the film that's ridiculous enough to make audiences laugh rather than gasp, even as blood splatters across walls and families are torn apart.

The cast assembled is impressive, even though they're not really given a lot to work with in the frequently stilted, over-blown script. Brolin anchors the film with admirably stony determination, but his Joe never seems to really feel the weight of his twenty years without human contact. Olsen, too, stumbles around a bit, as if never quite sure how to play her part, and Sharlto Copley comes close to overplaying his hand when he emerges from the shadows to drop a few hints about the reasons behind Joe's ordeal.

There's enough on display in Oldboy for the film to jog by at a fairly quick clip. Lee pays tribute along the way to a few iconic elements of the Korean film – an octopus in a tank, a prolonged battle in a corridor – and the cast tries its hardest to make it all work. But it's hard to shake the feeling that something a little deeper, richer, sadder and weirder was lost in translating the film into a vernacular more pleasing to Hollywood audiences.

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