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‘Oldboy’ Remake Trailer Looks Primed To Shock American Audiences!

Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.

FilmDistrict just released the first trailer for Spike Lee’s Oldboy, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, and James Ransone, and it’s actually quite good.

Park Chan-wook’s Korean Oldboy is one of the greatest films in the history of cinema, which gives arguments for both sides of remaking it.

Focusing on the positive aspects, Oldboy is a genuine masterpiece, and Spike Lee’s version looks visceral, shocking, and relentless. It’s something that should appeal to the masses. And with that, I think the average moviegoer has never heard of the original film, and deserves to be treated to an American version. From what I’m told, Lee’s version is demented in an entirely new way. Something for even us hardcore fans to look forward too!

In theaters October 25, “Oldboy is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly 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 bizarre and torturous punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.



  • Spike0037

    I cant wait to see all the people back track wait they said when they first heard about the remark.

  • Joe-Banger

    @Spike0037 Your sentence did’nt make any sense, just saying. This film looks promising but will probably be ok at most.

    • Vip3re

      Exactly, America will never top any South Korean movie, too weird for their purity.

  • Spike0037

    @Joe-Banger ya I really should not post from my phone. What I meant was I cant wait for all the people who were bashing the idea of the remake. To start saying how good it looks and that they can’t wait to see it. The fact they showed the RED BAND trailer will shut a lot of people up.

  • John Marrone

    Im not gonna predict. Looks pretty good. Doesnt look like tyhe typical Spike Lee style. Glad to see him doing a horror flick.

  • Spike0037

    @johnmarrone first you should see INSIDE MAN. Second this is not a horror this is a Mystery/Drama/Thriller. Just because a movie is extremely violent does not make it horror.

    • John Marrone

      Horrors a broad realm. Dont try to school me boy.

      • Spike0037

        boy really. So buy your definition any movie that has extreme violence is horror.

        • codell85

          this is a remake to a movie that has been clearly defined as a horror movie so wouldn’t that make this a horror movie as well?

          • Spike0037

            no it hasn’t imdb calls the original Drama | Mystery | Thriller.

  • Se_7_eN

    Watches an interview with his daughter while in prison!?

    Movie ruined.

    • dr.lamb

      But is she really his daughter or an impostor, working with the bad guy ? Hmmm….

      • MachetAY

        That’s the first thing that thought. I’m not hating it so far.


  • SonOfVoorhees

    This is the pussy crap version. He sees his daughter as an adult so anyone who saw the original knows what they cut out of the original movie. I knew they wouldn’t have the balls to keep the original plot, and with out that as a reason, the ending falls apart. Again, no spoilers, so i guess my comment doesnt make sense to some people.

    • Spike0037

      @SonOfVoorhees do you think it might follow the magna more the the movie.

      • SonOfVoorhees

        Sorry, never read the manga. So this could be more like the manga than the movie. But, going by the original movie i watched, this trailer makes the big twist worthless. Maybe the manga was different and told a different tale. That will make the movie more interesting anyway. 🙂

    • tearingasunder

      See I’m pretty sure they’re going to keep that same twist as the original, as it even says in the trailer “nothing is more TWISTED than the truth”, but in this one instead I believe he is going to mislead him in making him believe that the girl is his daughter when really Olsen is and that’s the big reveal at the ending. Staying true to the original. Just putting his own twist on it.

  • KittysReaper

    Wow looks better then i expected it to look. Lets see if spike lee does a good job.

  • eyes_only510

    you do realize that the original film is inspired by a manag right and i say inspired by because aside from the whole guy being locked up and released thing it really didnt follow the same plot. which is good seeing as how i was still confused as hell after reading it and the ending sucked cause no reason was ever truly giving for his imprisonment

  • Lucyinthesky

    I am unsure, it is a pretty touchy subject in American films so I don’t really know how similar the plots will be.

  • magicjaguar

    This looks WAAAAY better than I thought. I’m fully on board now. Feels kind of like the same situation as Girl with the Dragon Tattoo (re-telling wise).

  • Krug09

    It looks like a decent watch. I MAY give the original a (full) watch again… I watched one hour and turned that shit off. I know a lot of people love it but i didn’t like it. I rarely fast forward or turn a movie off but i thought it was a decent concept but so unoriginal and uninspiring, boring too. Just my thoughts.

  • Mr.Mirage

    Have we all read the original source material? Bears little resemblance to the first film. Both are their own thing, and stand up rather well. (Oldboy movie 1 has a personal NONONONO series of moments for me, which still gives me the heebie-jeebies.) So, haters gonna hate, and there are them as cannot help but be all clever until they see it.

    Try this: go with an open mind (if you want to see the film), let the film stand or fall on its own merits, and then, if you still hate it, read a book or two and try to come up with something that sounds as if it was written by an articulate fan, and not a babbling idiot.

    Personally, I am pre-disposed to like the film, Brolin + Jackson alone has my attention, and Spike is one of the best U.S. filmmakers of my generation. That doesn’t mean perfection, just that the pieces are there, and it looks like Spike brought his A game.

    Now, if you cannot stand Lee, Brolin or Jackson (what the HELL is wrong with you?) then, yeah, I could see being pre-disposed the other direction. Fair enough.

    Unless one has seen the film, one cannot have formed an intelligent opinion one way or the other. I thought The Man With The Iron Fists was going to be horrible, and spent the entire film grinning ear to ear. One never knows what is being served until the first bite.

    • Spike0037

      I have to agree with you. Spike Lee should have been nominated for an Oscar for Malcolm X and it sad Denzel did not win for that film they gave it to Al Pacino for Sent of a Women it was a make up Oscar. The you have Sam Jackson who is great a guy who does not take him self to serially (Snakes on a Plane) enough said. And Josh Brolin is great ( W., No Country For Old Men, True Grit and was not a great movie but he was great in MIB 3.) Then we have in the movie Lance Reddick (The Wire and The Fringe) Sharlto Copley ( District 9, and I think he was great in the A-team, and the up coming
      Elysium) and other few gem actors. So thanks for pointing that out

  • horrorking95

    The only positive thing I can see this remake creating is opening up the original Oldboy to a wider audience. This looks far too Americanised and lacks the visceral direction from Park Chan-Wook. And it will NEVER top that hallway fight! EVER!!

  • huntermc

    I thought this sounded promising, but honestly that trailer did nothing for me.

  • djblack1313

    i want to watch this trailer but i’ve never seen OLDBOY (the original) and considering it’s supposed to be an incredible movie, i want to see the original with fresh eyes (i’ve never seen trailers to either movie). what do you guys recommend?

    • K-Dogg

      Stay away from this trailer DJ, and watch the original, for it is a GEM !!!!! This almost looks like a shot-for-shot remake for those who don’t like reading subtitles, I will avoid it at all costs, and I really like everyone in this remake. Just my thoughts.

      • djblack1313

        thanks K-Dogg for the advice! i’d be open to watching this remake at some point but usually the original/foreign version is the best (LET ME THE RIGHT ONE IN for example). i’m going to watch the original for sure! thanx again! 🙂

        • Spike0037

          @djblack1313 I have seen the original and I liked it but I am going to see this as well. you should see original. But see this on as well. Rem amber this is based off manga and my the new one my be closer to the manga. And remember all the people got all up in arms about the remake of Evil Dead. Then could wait to see it. Spike Lee will do a good job. And if you haven’t seen Inside Man see it you would never Know. If it wasn’t for the opening credits. That shot he put in almost all his movies.

          • Spike0037

            The Dolly Shot

  • Daniel

    There’s nothing more twisted … than an unnecessary remake.

  • xAshleyMariex

    Pointless. I think I’ll pass on this remake.

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