‘Oldboy’ poster: First look at Spike Lee’s remake of Korean thriller

July 08, 2013 | 12:35 p.m.


The first poster for the American remake of “Oldboy” shows the film’s star Josh Brolin climbing out of a steamer trunk.

Hero Complex readers get a first look at the provocative poster, which is not a composite but rather an actual shot from the film, directed by Spike Lee.

Lee has said the film will be even darker than Chan-wook Park’s 2003 original “Oldeuboi,” the highly stylized Korean art house hit, based on a Japanese manga series, about a man who seeks revenge after being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years.

Park’s dark and bloody film was a critical darling, earning the top prize at the Cannes Film Festival, and has since become a cult favorite, part of the director’s thematically linked Vengeance Trilogy (the other two films are 2002’s “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” and 2005’s “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.”

Lee’s remake, slated for an Oct. 25 theatrical release, was written by “I Am Legend” and “Thor” screenwriter Mark Protosevich. Brolin stars as the revenge-seeking antihero, an advertising executive who has been kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years. (In fact, the film’s “Oldboy” logo is Brolin’s handwriting, inspired by the letters his character writes to his daughter during his imprisonment.) Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley costar. Samuel L. Jackson also appears in a small part of the film in a visceral revenge scene.

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4 Responses to ‘Oldboy’ poster: First look at Spike Lee’s remake of Korean thriller

  1. @indiejudge says:

    This is going to be an impossible feat for Spike Lee. This is such a classic, there's absolutely no way Spike Lee's grandiose cinematographical techniques will at all even come near to Park's Oldboy. In fact, Spike Lee has much to learn before he engages in something so filmically challenging as OldBoy.

    • somewhatnice says:

      I agree. I have read the manga and watched the film of this story. I honestly am skeptical of his ability to portray this story to it's fullest. I hope he did the research of both iterations and captures what makes it a phenomenal and disturbing story of revenge.

  2. Koizra says:

    It's going to be hard to do a remake of this one as it's loved by many, including myself. The poster already looks stupid as it's too dramatic and bright in color for a dark, thriller plot. And the actor in that steamer trunk looks like he's about to embark "The Amazing Race" with the hope of wining the grand prize. Not enough to peak my interests.

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