New Trailer and Images for OLDBOY; Josh Brolin Prefers 3-Hour Director’s Cut

     November 7, 2013


FilmDistrict has released a green-band trailer and new images for Spike Lee‘s Oldboy.  For those unfamiliar with the story, it centers on a man (Josh Brolin) who is kidnapped for mysterious reasons, and is released twenty years later with no explanation.  Once free, he goes on a mission to find his captor and take revenge.  The new trailer is mostly the same as the red-band trailer but with a few bits of new footage.  I keep forgetting this movie is coming out, and then I get interested again once I remember.  There are definitely going to be some new twists and turns, but I’m still curious how far it will veer away from Park Chan-wook‘s excellent 2003 adaptation of the graphic novel.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer, images, and comments from Brolin on why he prefers the director’s cut.  The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto CopleyLance Reddick, Michael Imperioli, and James RansoneOldboy opens on November 27th.

Click over to Apple to see the trailer in HD.

Speaking to The L.A. Times, Brolin was surprisingly candid with his thoughts on the upcoming film:

…the movie possesses a dark baroque quality that will likely alienate some critics and even seems to have elicited a mixed reaction in Brolin. ‘I do have opinions, but it’s better to bite my tongue,’ he said when asked what he thought of the finished film. (The actor says he was more enamored with Lee’s earlier three-hour director’s cut that was both quieter and filled with more character-centric moments.)

It’s always surprising when someone associated with a movie doesn’t give it their full-throated support before the release date.  It’s possible Brolin could do some back-peddling in the next few days, but it’s out there, and it’s believable.  Oldboy is very easy to cut into a standard action film, and while Lee’s style will be unmistakable, the nuance and drama of the story may have been stripped away.  To be clear, this doesn’t necessarily mean the new version of Oldboy will be bad.  It just means its star prefers a different cut (according to The Playlist, the theatrical cut is 104 minutes).  Audiences may be fine with what they see in theaters (and hopefully the director’s cut will find its way to Blu-ray/DVD).

Images via The Playlist:

  • bidi

    so Brolin prefers a cut where they almost doubled the theatrical runtime? i was pretty excited for this but now i’m hesitant. at least the Korean version is still out there, and still awesome

    • tertiaryintervention

      The Korean version could also tell a compelling and complete story, the very same story in 2 hours. Spike Lee is a hack.

      • Strong Enough

        hack? bah. save that for Michael Bay

  • McA

    Not to shit on this or anything but are they going to employ the same twist that the original had? I don’t see the point if they are cause the trailer kinda gives it away if that’s where they’re going with it. It does look good though.

    Brolin woulda been a good Batman.

    • GrimReaper07

      Where do they give it away? I think they’re doing a good job of keeping it close to the chest.

      • McA

        The Olsen character. I mean, I don’t want to give anything away but if you’ve seen the original, you know where it’s going. I just figured that they might try and do something different for the remake. But if you’re asking where specifically, the 2.05 mark of the trailer.

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  • mattinacan

    this seems pointless but worth a rent

  • kakenpis

    Will never beat the original! don’t even bother watching

  • Another remake….

    This film could be the greatest cinematic achievement known to man, but I still won’t see it, that racist asshole won’t get one cent from me.

  • Tony C

    I have already seen this trailer. It was a couple of months ago. Unless there is something different about it.

  • john

    I saw an early rough cut of this and was blown away. The whole cast is terrific.

  • NephewOfAnarchy

    Hahaha “bite my tongue”. Nice one, Josh ;)

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