First Official Poster for Spike Lee’s OLDBOY Starring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Elizabeth Olsen

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Today, FilmDistrict has released the first official poster for Spike Lee‘s new adaptation of the manga, Oldboy.  The comic was previously adapted by Park Chan-wook, and centers on a man who is inexplicably kidnapped and held prisoner for twenty years only to be released for no apparent reason.  The man then sets out to get revenge on his mysterious captor.  Park’s film is excellent, and so it’s difficult not to be wary of a new adaptation, but Lee has a unique style plus an excellent cast featuring Josh Brolin, Sharlto Copley, and Elizabeth Olsen.  A couple fun facts about this poster: the title is in Brolin’s handwriting based on the letters he writes to his daughter while in captivity.  More interesting is that this image is an actual shot from the movie, not a composite.  So why is there a woman in the background with hash marks on her umbrella?

Hit the jump to check out the poster.  Oldboy opens October 25th.

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Here’s the official synopsis for Oldboy:

OLDBOY is a provocative, visceral thriller that follows the story of an advertising executive (Josh Brolin) who is abruptly kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. 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.




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  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    it just looks awful, if this is supposed to be the tone for the film – how disappointing.

    • junierizzle

      I never saw the original but exactly what kind if tone are you drawing from the poster?

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        the poster looks extremely flat and bland (the first teaser poster is even worse), I imagine the film to be extremely flat, too, no depth and void of kind of “visceral thriller”-like qualities that the synopsis promises us.

      • Strong Enough

        a tone from a poster? what a weird world we live in

    • junierizzle

      I never saw the original but exactly what kind if tone are you drawing from the poster?

    • Nick

      You guys are losers… There’s no tone to poster. MAYBE a theme can be present but wow.. What dorks. “Ooh I liked the foreign version so I hate this one automatically” wieners

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        well you used the word “wieners” so…

      • Eduardo Alarcon Klein

        Theres no such thing as a tone to a poster? Really? So a poster can’t express a darkness (just used for example here) or adventure, lonliness or something similar?

      • Nick

        Themes

  • Irving

    so you were emprisioned for 20 years and when they set you free, you look clean as a fuck, i hope this poster don’t set the tone of the film, but i hope, i’m wrong, i should better wait for the trailer to come…

    • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

      the character is cleaned up, shaven, given a suit etc before being set free, have you not seen Chan-Wook Park’s original Oldboy?

    • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

      the character is cleaned up, shaven, given a suit etc before being set free, have you not seen Chan-Wook Park’s original Oldboy?

  • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

    I’m pretty sure that’s a composite image, unless the sun is lighting Brolin from the right and the umbrella women from the left – at the same time. She is also much too in focus to truly be that far away from the actual plane of focus (brolin and the box)

    • grimmbrother

      Shut up, please.

    • grimmbrother

      Shut up, please.

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        *la la la la la*

    • Andrew

      Maybe the reason Brolin is lit on his right side is due to the reflection off the white material in the box.

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  • cetrata

    Notice how they say its “A Spike Lee film” instead of “A Spike Lee Joint.”

  • junierizzle

    I decided not to watch the original. I’m going in fresh! To me this is Spike Lee’s new movie! Oh yeah!

    • Clay

      The original is excellent. You should get around to it eventually.

    • Clay

      The original is excellent. You should get around to it eventually.

      • junierizzle

        After this one.

    • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

      what makes you not want to watch the original?

      • junierizzle

        I wouldn’t want any of the surprises ruined. And I’m always up for a new Lee movie.

      • https://twitter.com/adamhowardcross Adam Cross

        surely you’re just ruining the experience of seeing the original by watching an American remake?

      • junierizzle

        A risk I am willing to take. But if I wasn’t a fan of the director then I would see the original. Just like Girl with the Dragon tattoo, I waited for Fincher’s new movie not a remake.

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  • jonathan graves

    I feel that tag on top of the poster gives way too much away. I suppose if you haven’t seen the original masterpiece you wouldn’t think twice about it, but it still erks me.

    • Strong Enough

      i loved the original and i can’t wait to see this one

    • Nick

      That’s the most prominent question throughout the original. All that gives away is that he will be set free… But the synopsis does that too… Wy wouldn’t someone wonder why he was set free. Stop trying to hate this movie you tools

  • Yurine

    This poster is a gigantic “WTF”.

  • Hop

    WOW! One of the most impressive, strange, inventive, visually brilliant posters I’ve ever seen!

  • astr

    somehow makes me think of alice in wonderland.

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    • mrsnuglie

      This is the original poster

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