One of the most popular Asian films of the last few years is Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy, the middle part of his Vengeance Trilogy (the first and third being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Lady Vengeance, respectively). I personally must have watched the movie at least 10 times, and it keeps getting better and better every time I watch it. A bona fide masterpiece IMO.
One of the most memorable scenes, not just of Oldboy itself but of any movie in the last decade, is the unbroken extended fight sequence in a dark hallway involving the main character and at least a dozen guys all attacking him at once. It’s an amazing, eyebrow raising sequence that’s unique to just about every other movie fight sequence I’ve seen.
On that note, our Screen Rant pick for today is of Heroes star Milo Ventimiglia reenacting (as part of the “Cinemash” series) that same Oldboy fight sequence. It replaces the gangsters from the real Korean movie with AIG executives who are about to use their golden parachutes to escape after stealing corporate bailout money for themselves.
The video is pretty silly for the most part, but for those of you who’ve seen Oldboy here’s a question: is it just me or would Ventimiglia be a pretty good choice for a remake new adaptation that Spielberg is trying to get made – if we simply have to have one, that is? Just a thought.
The more explicit nature of the violence from the actual movie is really watered down for this reenactment, but nonetheless it’s entertaining. What do you think of it?
To check out the actual fight scene from Oldboy to compare with Ventimiglia’s reenactment, you can head over to MTV Movies Blog.