If you have not already seen the original 2003 Korean movie Oldboy directed by Park Chan-Wook, I suggest you stop reading this right now and go find it at Amoeba Records, buy it, then watch it. Otherwise, seriously, stop reading this and just go find a different article to read unless you want the movie that made me scream and cry and fall to my knees in shock when the end twist was revealed SPOILED for you forever!
If you have seen Oldboy, good for you. I’m just incredibly skeptical as to how on Earth this could possibly be made into an American movie, even if there’s a total badass like Spike Lee directing it. American movies simply just aren’t as vulgar and mind-fucking as foreign films are.
Oldboy is the story of a man who is imprisoned by a stranger for fifteen years, and when he gets out is subjected to a torture that any sane human being would trade for fifteen years trapped in a hotel room any day, but we don’t even find out what that is until the end of the movie.
Now this twist at the end of the movie is so gut-wrenching and puke-worthy that once it’s screened to members of the FCC they may all just die of heart attacks on the spot after watching it. Come to think of it, that actually be a good thing.
Let’s hope Mr. Lee doesn’t “fix” something that ain’t broken and raise the bar on quality of American movies by remaking Oldboy.
Set to star Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin, the remake is scheduled for a tentative 2013 release.
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