About The Production
The contemporary film world is rife with fanatical tales of vengeance - but
none has ever been quite like Oldboy, a story at once provocatively emotional
and brutal that twists together all the themes of isolation, repression,
vendetta, conscience, guilt and redemption at the dark heart of modern pop
While paying homage to the original Korean film, this Oldboy heads into its
own shock-filled, shadowy territory. Based both on the graphic novel by Garon
Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi and the highly acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan
Wook (which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival while also becoming
one of the most popular foreign film thrillers of all time), comes a new take on
the legendary tale by two-time Academy Award nominee Spike Lee.
Spike Lee's Oldboy kicks off with the unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett
(JOSH BROLIN) a downward-spiraling advertising executive and absent father who,
one drunken night, is kidnapped out of the blue and placed into a mind-numbing
solitary confinement within a bizarre, hotel-like prison for the next 20 years -
20 years full of torment that pass without any indication of his captor's
identity or motive.
Inexplicably released from his nightmare, Joe emerges into the world with a
single obsession: to uncover the person who orchestrated his punishment - and to
more urgently understand why. But even though he is now physically free, he is
still being manipulated, still caught up in a twisted web of conspiracy and
payback that threatens to engulf him. His quest for answers leads him to a,
young social worker (ELIZABETH OLSEN), and ultimately to an elusive man (SHARLTO
COPLEY) who allegedly holds the key to his liberation.
FilmDistrict and Good Universe present a Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres and a
Mule Production of a Spike Lee Film, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen,
Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Linda Emond, James Ransone and Pom
The film is directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (I Am
Legend, The Cell). The producers are Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane and
the executive producers are Joe Drake, John Powers Middleton and Peter Schlessel.
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