Spike Lee’s ‘Oldboy’ Gets a Poster; Trailer Arrives This Week

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Film District is launching its marketing blitz for Oldboy this week, beginning with today’s unveiling of the film’s official poster. The project – from director Spike Lee and screenwriter Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend) – is part American remake of the cult Korean film directed by Chan-wook Park (Stoker), part re-interpretation of the source graphic novel by Nobuaki Minegishi, and part original story content that Protosevich and Lee developed (to¬†re-envision the movie’s foreign-language predecessor).

A red-band trailer for Oldboy will drop online this Wednesday, presumably followed by an MPAA-approved preview not long thereafter. A teaser poster for the film was glimpsed back at a test screening earlier this year, but the newly-launched one-sheet is quite different (as you can see below, following the official synopsis):

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.


The above poster teases what Brolin’s character looks like after his twenty-year imprisonment, with his sunglasses and suit being an homage to the outfit worn by Min-sik Choi as the protagonist in Park’s film (the only difference is that Brolin’s “Oldboy” gets a haircut). It will be interesting to find out what are the other ways in which Lee’s movie nods/pays respect to Park’s acclaimed feature – especially with the ending, which producer Roy Lee has boasted is, in some ways, even darker than the conclusion to Park’s film (which, without spoiling anything, is really saying something).

Other members of the Oldboy cast include Sharlto Copley (Elysium), Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla) and Samuel L. Jackson (RoboCop), each playing either a pivotal central or important supporting role in the film.


Look for Oldboy in theaters on October 25th, 2013.

Source: Film District

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  1. it will be hard to for spike lee to do the amazing work of Chan-wook Park but i guess this one will be good too so we have to wait

  2. I doubt this will be better than the original.

  3. Kind of a weird way to emerge from 20 years of imprisonment. Why does he look like he just jacked into the Matrix?

    • He was released the same way in the original, and in the same black suit and shirt, the only difference being that Oh Dae-su had to steal his sunglasses. Which would be a necessity after having spent 15-20 years locked in a room with no natural light.

      • Yes I’ve seen the original several times, but when Choi burst out of the chest, he was gasping for air, stumbling around; confused and disoriented. Makes sense to me. I know this is just a poster, but Brolin looks like he’s about to ride that chest into battle. He’ll probably play it more realistically in the actual movie, but I still stand by my comment that this poster is just weird.

        • Ah, right. I took you a bit too literally there… :-)

          • He actually didn’t take it too literally considering this poster has been confirmed to be an actual moment in the film. A still image.

            • No, I meant his comment was fine – I just misinterpreted it.

  4. I like Spike Lee, please please don’t mess this one up. The dark tone is key for this film, hopefully it isn’t ‘cool’ ‘quirky’ etc

  5. Oh Man, Why…Why Why………………

  6. they used the climatic twist of korean oldboy as a tagline for the poster .thats a bad place to start

    • Good point, if you mean the “Imprisoned by truth. Driven by Revenge.” version. Someone in the marketing department wasn’t using their head with that one.

      • I think he meant “Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.” And I agree with him. It’s a bad Move.

  7. This is going to bomb. Terrible.

  8. Terrible poster that.. Looks like a Jackass poster with Steve-O getting out of a chest..

    • LOL!

  9. Having seen the original for the first time a few weeks ago, it turned out to be simply “alright” so I can’t imagine why the English language version would fare any worse.

    I just assume those nay-saying are the kind of elitists who say that South Korean movies are the best and everything else sucks.

    • i didn’t think it was all that either, so this sure cant be worse, if anything, i may like it better.

    • most American adaptations of previously made foreign works tend to suck, most not all so there are a few that turned out good. However, they either dumb the plot down (because for some reason hollywood thinks that all viewers are idiots) or they change a number of things that they think we can’t handle, which detracts from the impact and tone of the original story, thus making a sad insulting mockery of the original. I mean i’ll wait until I see a trailer, but Spike Lee(who really hasn’t been really that relevant since the early and mid 90′s and has made a number of slightly critically enjoyed but not as successful films as of late) remaking one of my favorite films by one of my favorite Korean film makers does not get me a warm tingly sensation. and i don’t feel like i’m being elitist in any way for being a fan of the original.

  10. I’m not too hopeful for this, although I do like Josh Brolin, and it can’t possibly be any worse than the Bollywood ripoff Zinda. That was jaw-droppingly bad.

  11. People are sensitive. It’s a damn poster, and remakes happen so occasionally that complaining about it is completely pointless. Plus, it’s Spike Lee. He’s annoying, but talented.

  12. I’ll be honest,while I’m very skeptical that this movie can top the original,My curiosity is far outweighing my skepticism.I’m actually looking forward to this movie.

  13. Where are his legs?

    • In the chest?