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Oldboy Remake Gets a Synopsis

FilmDistrict has acquired the distribution rights to Oldboy, director Spike Lee’s upcoming remake of the South Korean revenge thriller, and with the announcement arrives the first official synopsis.

According to TheWrap, the film follows 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 illusive man (Sharlto Copley) who allegedly holds the key to his salvation.

Anime News Network notes two changes from Park Chan-Wook’s celebrated 2003 original: the number of years Brolin’s character was imprisoned, and the occupation of Olsen’s character. Oldboy is based on the manga series by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.

The film, which also stars Samuel L. Jackson and Nate Parker, begins shooting this fall in Louisiana and New York.


  • dayfan

    Illusive? like his expectations are too high?

  • Orphan

    This has gotta be Spike’s attempt to join the Grindhouse Era.This was one of the best filmed but completely over the top and mysoginistic fims ever.What was the point the first time around let alone a remake now? Strickly for Manga fans who still get their kicks off of this splinter manga movement that wallows in themes like incest and outright child porn.

  • Greg

     Illusive: based on illusion; deceptive or unreal

  • Richard Casey

    It means hard to track down, distant.

  • Richard Casey

    Hmmm. I love the original, and not one for immediately hating a film just because it’s a remake, but i do wonder about this. I get WHY they’re remaking it, but i can’t help but worry the things that i love about it won’t make it through to this version. There are a couple of instances, the biggest one being… how do i put this without spoiling anything? The reveal of the love interest, i don’t know whether an american film with this kind of cast and director would do something like that. Then again, maybe because of the cast and director it WILL go there. But what i KNOW it won’t do? Have it’s hero eat a live squid. On camera. For real.