The latest offering from Spike Lee is “Oldboy,” which uses the same source material as the 2003 South Korean film “Oldboy.”
The director is adamant that his “Oldboy” is not a remake:
“It’s not a remake.”
Reporter: “Why not?”
Lee: “It’s a reinterpretation.”
Reporter: “And the difference is…?”
Lee: “Big difference. We made our own film. It’s not “Oldboy.”
It is the disturbing story of Joe Doucett a drinker whose marriage is falling apart. One day he awakes in a hotel where he remains captive for 20 years.
During his time there he transforms himself and vows to hunt down those that incarcerated him.
Josh Brolin plays the lead and is a fan of the South Korean offering:
“I am a massive fan. Massive fan. But that’s not the reason why I did the film, not because of the original film and can we make a film as good as that or better than that or different than that? I just liked the story, I liked the fact that I got to work with Spike, you know, we were both presented with this idea, we’d known each other for, I don’t know, maybe four years or something before that, and it just seemed like, I liked the idea. It was an extreme thing for both of us.”
The original film, winner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, is revered for its martial arts scenes.
Spike Lee, spoke about the violence contained in the film:
“You know, there’s not a gun in the movie. And I like that. And we wanted to also be very careful how we portrayed the violence. We did not want it to be cartoonish, goofy, but at the same time we did not want to shy away from it, also.”
“Oldboy” opens in Europe at the end of November and early December.