Spike Lee tried his hand at re-imagining this cult classic—what happened?
A decade after Park Chan-Wook released his acclaimed Korean neo-noir thriller, Spike Lee created his own version of Oldboy set stateside and starring Josh Brolin. Fans of the cult classic original were...let's say less-than-thrilled with Lee’s attempts towards reinterpretation. It was one of those frequent cases where the originaly was better off left alone without an Anglicanized version. But Spike Lee did at least have the good sense to port over a lot of the framing and staging from some of the most iconic scenes in Park's original. Where did Lee get fast and loose with his source material, and where was he (arguably) superfluously faithful in his homage? This video examines both versions side-by-side to dissect the anatomy of a remake.