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Spike Lee says studio re-edited his one-shot hammer scene in Oldboy

Nov. 25, 2013by: Kevin Woods

Spike Lee's OLDBOY hits cinemas in just a few days and if you're excited to see Lee's spin on the classic hallway/hammer fight from the original film, which was an impressive single-shot, side-scrolling and unblinking scene in which Choi Min-sik battled a sea of baddies armed with nothing more than a hammer and a ferocity for revenge, you may notice something in there that the director never intended - a single cut.

In Lee's film, that fight now moves vertically on two levels in a sequence that Josh Brolin reportedly trained six weeks for, and was also shot in one unbroken take. But you won't see it that way in cinemas. Talking to The New york Times, Lee shared...

“It’s not one shot. There’s a cut in it. Shouldn’t be, but there is a cut...there’s no reason to try and even attempt that shot unless it’s a one-take. That’s the scene from the original! That’s the scene!”

So why did it have to get altered? Lee remains mum on that, only saying...

"Tough business.”

That is disappointing to hear as, like many of you, I'm not only a fan of the original scene, but find single-shot action sequences quite thrilling. It would've been great to see what Lee had originally envisioned for us. Hopefully the cut doesn't take away from the carnage onscreen!

OLDBOY will star Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel Jackson, Bruce Hornsby, and James Ransone and was directed by Lee from a script by Mark Protosevich. The film was produced by Roy Lee, Doug Davison, and Nathan Kahane. Look for it in theaters on November 27, 2013. 

Extra Tidbit: Will you be seeking out OLDBOY this extended Thanksgiving weekend?

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4:42PM on 11/25/2013
"theres no reason to try and even attempt that shot unless its a one-take. Thats the scene from the original! Thats the scene!

Is this the same Spike Lee who said he wasn't remaking "the original"?
"theres no reason to try and even attempt that shot unless its a one-take. Thats the scene from the original! Thats the scene!

Is this the same Spike Lee who said he wasn't remaking "the original"?
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5:39PM on 11/25/2013
If I want to see the famous single-shot fight scene, I'll watch the original.
If I want to see the famous single-shot fight scene, I'll watch the original.
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10:21AM on 11/27/2013

this just confirms to me that despite all their claims of..

.."we're not remaking the film, we're adapting the manga" they really just were making a (shot for shot)remake of the Korean masterpiece. Perhaps I''l watch this on Netflix someday(if only for copley and Jackon's performances), but I'm definitely not paying for it.
.."we're not remaking the film, we're adapting the manga" they really just were making a (shot for shot)remake of the Korean masterpiece. Perhaps I''l watch this on Netflix someday(if only for copley and Jackon's performances), but I'm definitely not paying for it.
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4:07PM on 11/25/2013
I can't really I am surprised to hear about studio meddling, but this does sadden me a bit. I've been on the fence about this since the beginning but cautiously optimistic. I think the good news about this article is that Spike's intention was to preserve the single-take classic scene from the original, but of course the studio would have to fuck up all the time and effort that went into it.
I can't really I am surprised to hear about studio meddling, but this does sadden me a bit. I've been on the fence about this since the beginning but cautiously optimistic. I think the good news about this article is that Spike's intention was to preserve the single-take classic scene from the original, but of course the studio would have to fuck up all the time and effort that went into it.
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5:42PM on 11/25/2013
Love the tagline
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