Josh Brolin is the new old boy.
Based on the Japanese manga comics, Chan-wook Park’s 2003 Korean crime thriller Oldboy is without doubt, a modern classic. Inevitable grumblings about an American, English language remake have been somewhat assuaged by the positive buzz from early screenings. After all, few actors possess the brooding presence of the film’s star Josh Brolin.
In fact, Lee insists the film is a ‘reinterpretation’ and not a straight remake, so we may yet travel paths yet unseen.
In this new featurette, cast and crew get a chance to sing Brolin’s praises and we get a better look and feel at the tone of the film. Don’t expect to laugh that often. Or take the kids.
The official synopsis reads thus:
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.
Oldboy is released from captivity on 6th December.