The Differences Between Spike Lee’s Oldboy and the Original Oldboy

Remaking a movie is always tricky, particularly when the original has such a strong following. This weekend, Spike Lee plays the remake game with his version of Oldboy. Based on the cult favorite by director Park Chan-wook, the film follows a man named Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin), who seeks revenge after being kidnapped and imprisoned for twenty years for apparently no reason.


When Chan-wook’s Oldboy hit theaters in 2003, it was praised for its unique structure, its magnificent fight scenes, and its visual flair — making Lee a bold choice to adapt the film for an American audience. The New York–based director is known for his independence and uncompromising vision, which can be a double-edged sword when remaking a violent South Korean flick: While Lee would hopefully prevent the studio from meddling with any major decisions regarding the plot and structure, his independent streak could mess up what Chan-wook was going for in the first place.

However, before you start writing an angry blog post or cursing at Spike over Twitter for desecrating a classic film, let’s take a look and see whether he actually honored the source material or hammered it beyond recognition.  Read More...


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