‘Oldboy’ Gets a New Trailer & Images; Josh Brolin Discusses 3-Hour Director’s Cut

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 8th, 2013 at 9:15 am,

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They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, and locking someone in a lightly furnished prison cell for twenty years without offering any kind of explanation is pretty chilly. Such is the fate of Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) in Spike Lee’s remake of famed Korean thriller Oldboy, which also co-stars Samuel L. Jackson as the warden of Joe’s prison and Elizabeth Olsen as one of the first new allies he finds upon his release.

The red band trailer offered a look at some of the extreme violence that will be on offer in the film, but this new green band trailer is perhaps the better of the two. Giving a slow introduction to audience members who have not heard of the movie before and then moving in to the mystery at the centre of the narrative, with Sharlto Copley’s calm-voiced antagonist, Adrian Pryce, prompting Joe Doucett to answer two questions in order to save his daughter’s life, it’s a pretty compelling set-up.

The trailer also draws on the parallels between Joe’s life in prison and events in the outside world that were highlighted in a recent marketing campaign for Oldboy. Due to his lack of human contact whilst in the cell, the protagonist gets all of his knowledge about the outside world from the TV which, in the original film, leads him to have an unfortunate dearth of creative swear words upon which to draw whilst exacting revenge.

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When asked what he thought of Lee’s Oldboy by LA Times, Brolin rather surprisingly did not give the standard PR-friendly speech, instead saying, “I do have opinions, but it’s better to bite my tongue.” This may or may not have been a reference to a particularly memorable scene from the original Oldboy, but if it’s an accidental turn of phrase then it’s quite an amusing one. Brolin did, however, admit that he prefers the three-hour long director’s cut to the theatrical cut, as it is apparently quieter and more focused on the characters than the action.

The runtime of the theatrical version is listed as a modest 104 minutes, which means there’ll likely be a hefty amount of footage exclusive to the director’s cut. The extra hour or so is likely the difference between a fairly straightforward action thriller and more sedately-paced character study of Joe Doucett and Adrian Pryce, through Brolin’s preference for it doesn’t necessarily mean it will resonate with audiences more than the theatrical cut. As with many films, the case may be that each version has its own unique merits, and both are worth watching.


Oldboy is out on theaters on November 27, 2013.

Source: LA Times (via Collider)

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  1. This is EXACTLY like the redband trailer, except with the blood & nudity removed.

  2. I’ve been taking a wait and see approach to this, but I’m a little worried to hear that the director’s cut is nearly twice as long as the theatrical version. That’s a whole lot of movie left out of the theaters.

    • I think a 3 hour run time would put a lot of people off seeing it, couple that with remakes getting a bad press and it makes sense.

      Strange that the run time is only 104 minutes though, seems short as the original is 2 hours. Its only a 15 minute deficit I guess but how can we judge the movie if half of it is cut? If I dislike the theatrical version I’m not sure how I will feel about sitting down to a 3 hour version, no doubt I will though.

  3. He knows what his daughter looks like in this one so that part of the story has changed. Of course they would have. I’ll go see this in the theater for sure though.


      He “knew” what his daughter looked like in the original movie as well, because the guy who kidnapped him had fake interview footage made and played to him on the TV.

      I’m not sure why everyone’s so convinced they’ll change the ending in Lee’s version. It’s not like incest has never been a plot point in Western movies before.

      • Probably because people are skimming wiki for plot points so they can come across as if they have seen the original. Or they are too dumb to follow the original story line whilst reading subtitles? either way they should pull there head out of their arses and stop slamming this film before watching it.

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