*Apparently, audience members at the New York screening of Spike Lee’s violent new film “Oldboy” never saw – nor heard of the disturbing twist that takes place – in the original 2003 South Korean film.
Variety is reporting that the crowd gathered at AMC Lincoln Square theater “squirmed about” at the violent scenes, and were left in “audible discomfort” by the twist.
“I’ve never been more shocked and surprised by an ending since maybe like ‘The Sixth Sense’” said Elizabeth Olsen, who plays a main character in the FilmDistrict pic. “No one spoiled it for me. No one hinted at it for me. And I got to experience it with just a blank canvas.”
Both Lee’s take on “Oldboy” and Park Chan-wook’s 2003 South Korean version are loosely based on a Japanese comic of the same name. Not surprisingly, there were several comic book and graphic novel fans among the cast.
“I’m a huge comic book fan myself. I’m in and out of comic book stores like twice a month. I read graphic novels. Always have,” said Samuel L. Jackson, who is also in the film.
The film follows the story of an advertising exec (James Brolin) who is kidnapped and held in solitary confinement for 20 years, only to be released suddenly with no idea why he was held captive, nor who took him. He then sets out on a mission to find the person responsible for his imprisonment, later discovering that his life is still caught in conspiracy and torment.
View the trailer for both Spike Lee’s 2013 remake of “Oldboy” and Park Chan-wook’s 2003 original below.
*Director Spike Lee has put his stamp on the brutal Korean film “Oldboy,” about a man out for vengeance against the mysterious enemy who imprisoned him for 20 years.
Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Elizabeth Olsen star in Lee’s remake for FilmDistrict, which releases the film on Oct. 25. Samuel L. Jackson also makes an appearance.
Watch the first trailer below.
Below, the trailer for 2003′s original “Oldboy” directed by Park Chan-wook and starring Choi Min-sik as the kidnapped businessman.
*Spike Lee’s remake of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 suspense thriller “Oldboy” will get an Oct. 11, 2013 release date from distributer FilmDistrict, reports Deadline.
Spike’s version stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley and Samuel L. Jackson. Brolin plays an advertising executive who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement without any indication of his captor’s motive. When he is released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment.
FilmDistrict picked up U.S. distribution rights to “Oldboy” last month in Toronto. It is set as the first title from Joe Drake and Nathan Kahane’s Good Universe. The film is also a 40 Acres & A Mule production.
The original South Korean film won the Grand Prize Jury Award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival.
*The Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair is almost here and fans can expect a star studded page-turning book in March. This year, Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye (writer/director of “Pariah”) are featured in the predominantly white magazine.
The publication has been sharply criticized for its lack of diversity and has since introduced a more colorful variety of actors and stars.
Last year the magazine featured Anthony Mackie and Rashida Jones.
This year, there’s a little more sex appeal for the gents with a showcase of 11 young female power players including Rooney Mara, Mia Wasikowska, Jennifer Lawrence, Jessica Chastain, Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones, Lily Collins, and Brit Marling as well as the previously mentioned Paula Patton and Adepero Oduye .