At the risk of limiting the audience for this article, I’d say that the featurette below is really best for those who have seen Park Chan-wook’s original Oldboy. Fortunately, that’s probably most of our readers.

This piece is about the stuff Josh Brolin went through to play the role — rapid weight gain and weight loss, and the physical work — but it also shows some footage we haven’t seen before, of the prison in which his character is held captive for 20 years, and of the film’s violence. This is one for the people who continue to wonder just how close Spike Lee‘s film is to the original. Read More »


As fascinating as Josh Brolin‘s fierce Joe Doucett is, a story as dark and twisted as Oldboy needs a good villain to really tie everything together. So far, FilmDistrict has been playing coy with Joe’s demented tormenter, but that changes today with our first peek at Sharlto Copley as Adrian Pryce.

In addition, the marketing team has also revealed twenty more posters, one for each year of Joe’s captivity. They’re a great way to drive home just how long twenty years is — and a good reminder of how quickly we’re growing old. Has it really been two decades since Lorena Bobbitt chopped off her husband’s dick? Check ’em all out after the jump.

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We know a good bit about Oldboy, from Spike Lee. It’s a remake, after all, so the story is pretty well set in the minds of many potential audience members.

The film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlo Copley, and Samuel L. Jackson, and presents a story of deep-seated offenses and elaborate revenge. We’ve seen some footage that shows how Lee and crew have worked with and around the original film from Park Chan-wook. And now there’s a clip that keeps things pretty simple, as it presents a conversation between the characters played by Brolin and Olsen. It’s tense, heated stuff, and actually might be one of the better looks at the movie so far. Read More »


Fans of the original have long been skeptical about the English-language remake of Chan-wook Park‘s classic Korean thriller Oldboy, and we don’t blame them. Heck, we are them.

But whatever comes of Spike Lee‘s take on the tale, at least the marketing team is doing a solid job. The material released so far has been appropriately creepy and morbidly funny, without giving away too many of the twists and turns.

The latest poster, put together just for New York Comic-Con, isn’t spilling any secrets either, but it’s striking enough to grab your attention. Hit the jump to check it out.

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Josh Brolin says he spent three days in solitary confinement to prep for Oldboy. That’s pretty serious stuff. He doesn’t make the mistake of thinking that it really gave him the mindset of Joe Doucette, the character he plays who is imprisoned for 20 years for reasons unknown. But it does represent a level of commitment to the film.

This Oldboy featurette gives that background info, and also features quite a bit of new footage and other interviews. Brolin calls the movie “the most difficult thing I’ve ever done,” as he, director Spike Lee and co-stars Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, Sharlto Copley and Michael Imperioli talk about the film. If nothing else, the plentiful new footage will be enough to warrant a look from those curious about this remake. Read More »


Spike Lee‘s new version of Oldboy was recently delayed to November, but that might only have been so that a certain “hotel” could prepare for new guests. That’s the trust of an intense and intimidating new teaser trailer that shows a great many close-ups of the inner workings of an unusual prison.

That prison, as fans of the original Park Chan-wook film know, is a hotel-like structure in which a man, played by Josh Brolin, is held against his will for many years. The film’s action really picks up with his release, but this teaser is all about the small day to day elements of keeping the prison running. You’ll see a bit of Brolin, and a bit of the prison manager, played by Samuel L. Jackson. And you’ll know that you never, ever, want to be within those walls.

All told, this is a pretty good way to market Oldboy as a specific sort of horror/thriller film, for those unfamiliar with the story. Check out the footage, and a whole suite of new posters, below. Read More »

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The same game is played out over and over again when it comes time to promote a remake of a well-liked film. It’s always a balancing act where audiences are convinced that all the things they liked from the original film will be in place, or not done poorly, but that there will be new angles to make the remake worth their time and money.

And so we turn an eye to Spike Lee‘s version of Oldboy. There’s a great cast, anchored by Josh Brolin, who plays a man mysteriously imprisoned for 20 years. Upon his release he meets a young woman played by Elizabeth Olsen, and is given some vague guidance towards the reasons for his time locked away from society.

We’ve been told that this version draws as much from the manga that inspired the original film as it does the original Park Chan-wook movie, and that there’s a lot of surprising stuff in store. But the first trailer used a lot of familiar moments, and now some new photos feature elements that could be considered the visual signatures of the story. Check them out below. Read More »

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Briefly: FilmDistrict has pushed back the release of Spike Lee‘s Oldboy from October 25 to November 27. The film, a remake of Park Chan-wook’s modern masterpiece, is about a man (Josh Brolin) mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years. When he’s just as mysteriously released, he vows revenge on his captors. It co-stars Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Olsen. No reason was given for the delay. [ERCBoxOffice]

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ALSO: It’s been pointed out that the plot of the Oldboy remake could actually be the same as the Park Chan-Wook original. We shall reflect on this.
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It seems like we’ve been talking about the potential for a remake of Park Chan-wook’s film Oldboy for years. Spike Lee finally came on to direct, with Josh Brolin in the title role, playing a man who is kidnapped and held in a strange prison for 20 years. Released just as unceremoniously as he was taken, the man is encouraged to find the identity of his kidnapper, and in so doing eventually comes face to face with uncomfortable truths about his past.

The first trailer for the film — a red-band look at the footage — is out now, and you can see it below. We’ve heard a lot about how this film was going to try to ride the line between being faithful to Park’s film and going back to the manga upon which it was based (with a few new ideas thrown in for good measure) but what we see in this trailer looks like a pretty faithful recreation of Park’s film.

That said, there are a few details that do appear to set this version apart. I’m left wondering how this one will really be different, and what stamp Spike Lee will have imprinted upon it. To me, this trailer says “we know what you expect to see, so here’s a highlight reel to prove we know the material.” That’s well and good, but I hope this isn’t a note-for-note cover song. Read More »