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Spike Lee's Oldboy gets an official synopsis and release date

Oct. 19, 2012by: Alex Maidy

Spike Lee's OLDBOY now has an official release date and a synopsis for us to pick apart as compared to the Korean original. From the get go we were told the American version was going to follow the manga version more than the Park Chan-wook film, but from this summary, it seems to be just like the movie.

OLDBOY will be released by FilmDistrict in theaters on October 11, 2013, just in time for Halloween. They also revealed the following synopsis:

OLDBOY follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. 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. His quest for revenge leads him into an ill-fated relationship with a young social worker (Elizabeth Olsen) and ultimately to an elusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

Actually, that sounds exactly like the Korean movie. I am interested to see how this movie develops and if they clean it up for American audiences (I hope they don't). I was very close to including the original OLDBOY on my most disturbing movies Ten Spot but it definitely is not for general audiences. Spike Lee has directed some good movies that give me hope for this project (INSIDE MAN, 25TH HOUR), so I will wait and look forward to the trailer.

Source: Cinema Blend

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4:56PM on 10/19/2012
This is oh-dae-su saying no, thank you.
This is oh-dae-su saying no, thank you.
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5:02PM on 10/19/2012

nice photoshop

that made me smile - thanks for that.
that made me smile - thanks for that.
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5:33AM on 10/20/2012
The original's plot twist - I hope Spike Lee incested on keeping that.
The original's plot twist - I hope Spike Lee incested on keeping that.
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6:06AM on 10/21/2012
Hehe, Nice one!
Hehe, Nice one!
10:22PM on 10/19/2012
That kinda looks like Detective Flass from "Batman Begins" lol.

I'm pretty burnt out on remakes as is, but I might end up checking it out. With Spike Lee and some strong actors, this just might be end up sorta working out.
That kinda looks like Detective Flass from "Batman Begins" lol.

I'm pretty burnt out on remakes as is, but I might end up checking it out. With Spike Lee and some strong actors, this just might be end up sorta working out.
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8:12PM on 10/19/2012
I'm sorry, but Spike Lee will have no clue how to handle this material.
I'm very open-minded when it comes to the majority of remakes (if I have reason to be, that is), but I feel in my gut that this will be a disaster.
I'm sorry, but Spike Lee will have no clue how to handle this material.
I'm very open-minded when it comes to the majority of remakes (if I have reason to be, that is), but I feel in my gut that this will be a disaster.
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