Choi Min-sik , Oh Dae-su In The Original OLDBOY Has No Desire To See The Remake

But he will cameo in the film if Spike Lee asks him. The film is currently set to begin shooting this summer/fall with a stellar cast consisting of Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

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By Mark Julian - 7/6/2012


Speaking to Twitch at the 2012 New York Asian Film Festival, actor Choi Min-sik briefly touched on the movie which made him an international star, Chan-wook Park's 2003 OldBoy---

LMD: I think most people in the West primarily know you from playing Oh Dae-su in Oldboy. It's almost ten years since the film was released, why do you think it resonated so strongly with worldwide audiences?
CM-s: The subject of Oldboy is really universal. I know a lot of violence is there, but still it's really a very human tragedy, so that a lot of foreign audiences from different culture bases can all understand the messages all together
LMD: It's interesting to hear that you are in favour of the American Oldboy remake. Would you consider appearing in it if you were offered a part?
CM-s: Yes!


And speaking to Flixist Choi Min-sik revealed that he's actually been following the press for the film very closely and is in favor of the remake, although he has no plans to see the film. It's nothing against Spike Lee but he's been waging a long battle against the saturation of the Korean film market with American films in his native country.

Unfortunately, things have gotten off to a rocky start for the American remake. It was a lengthy search to find the villain of the piece, with actors such as Clive Owens, Collin Firth and Christian Bale all passing on the role before Sharlto Copley signed up to join Elizabeth Olsen and Josh Brolin. However, after a troubled start, production is currently scheduled to start sometime in the coming autumn. Director Spike Lee offered the following update to GQ in a recent interview---

GQ: You're working on a MJ doc now though, right?
Spike Lee: What I'm doing now is a documentary on the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson's Bad album. I'm also doing another documentary on Brazil called Go Brazil Go. I'm going to be directing Mike Tyson on Broadway later, it's a one man show. And then we got, God willing, Oldboy [an American remake of the popular 2003 South Korean manga film of the same name] coming up in the fall...
GQ: What's up with that?
Spike Lee: Waiting for the green light. Josh Brolin...My man from District 9, Sharlto Copley.
GQ: What's stopping it though? People want to see this.
Spike Lee: You know they're still trying to get the numbers straight, but I think it's going to happen.
GQ: It's good to see you're optimistic about it.
Spike Lee: Yeah. If you add all the things up we're rolling now.


If you haven't seen the original, I highly recommend it. The original version is currently streaming on Netflix.



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ralfinader - 7/6/2012, 7:41 AM
"Choi Min-sik , Oh Dae-su In The Original OLDBOY Has No Desire To See The Remake"

That makes two of us. Some movies hinge on the big 'reveal', and once the suprise is popped, the re-watchability of the movie lacks alot to be desired. Sixth Sense remake will suck too...lwhen they eventually do it.
Vafrous - 7/6/2012, 7:42 AM
Good actor. "I Saw The Devil" was epic...
StarSpangledBruce - 7/6/2012, 7:43 AM
I love Japanese indie films. But yeah, I have no desire to see the remake either. The original OLDBOY was a classic.
DarthDan - 7/6/2012, 7:43 AM
Can you blame him?
BruceLeroy - 7/6/2012, 7:48 AM
Man, I can't blame that man either. Oldboy isn't just any old movie.
Tainted87 - 7/6/2012, 9:02 AM
Sick of these remakes of foreign films. I know, people will defend it with the statement: "it's based on a manga, so it's just a more faithful adaptation" but you know, that's bull. There's plenty manga out there and I don't see Hollywood rushing to adapt any of them.
plasticman - 7/6/2012, 9:40 AM
And I don't desire to see it either. A good trailer could change my mind.
TheDarkKnightWing - 7/6/2012, 9:40 AM
@ Slaine
Actually thats a pretty decent cast.

Still I think Im gonna skip this.
AlexDeLarge87 - 7/6/2012, 11:12 AM
Not gonna beat the original movie. :)

And yeah I Saw The Devil rules! Choi is insanely good in that one!
TankD - 7/6/2012, 12:03 PM
@ starspangledbruce These films are korean.. alot of REALLY good films come from korea not just I saw the devil or oldboy..
paptschik - 7/6/2012, 5:50 PM
Question, cause I might be wrong..isn't a huge amount of the Korean Oldboy already changed, so if the US movie sticks closer to the manga it'll have a very different plot anyway?
fistofthenorthstar - 7/6/2012, 7:12 PM
but is this necessary?
Ceejay - 7/6/2012, 8:42 PM
When you take into account that the Oldboy movie changes everything from the Manga, the story, the nationality and even the names of the characters then YES, I think its justified attempting a more faithful adaptation. It may not be a better film than the Korean loose adaptation but that remains to be seen and it has a very good cast too.
Tainted87 - 7/6/2012, 9:30 PM
But again, WHY Oldboy? Because it was a breakout Korean movie (definitely not Park's best, but still good) that gained critical acclaim all over the world, and carried Quentin Tarantino's endorsement.

Is Spike Lee's adaption going to be more accurate?

Consider the two recent (and really, the only ones) Swedish international hits. The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo (first of the Millennium series), and Let the Right One In.

Let the Right One In is based off of a Swedish vampire novel, set in a small suburb of Stockholm during the 80s. It minimized a few elements, but was still pretty faithful. Two years later, "Let Me In", the American adaptation, is released, renaming characters, changing the setting to New Mexico, and tunes out the vampire's ambiguous gender. It brings NOTHING new that wasn't in the Swedish adaptation, minimizes things even further, and changes the vampire's past, altering the characters further. It is essentially a remake of the first adaptation.

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo - Swedish version, as the whole "swede" slang has come to insinuate, had a lower budget and different production values. Things were left out of the book, which is a hard read itself. It gained critical acclaim for it's portrayal of Lizbeth, and Noomi Rapace became an international celebrity because of it. Two years after that series concluded, there is an American adaptation that promises to be more accurate and offer an extremely un-Hollywood style approach. It was SLIGHTLY more accurate, but these depictions did not in any way set it ahead of the Swedish film, and had a silver-lined cast of stars who would appeal to American audiences, but were not in the least bit Scandinavian, much less Swedish. In short, it offered nothing new, apart from awesome titles with a Led Zeppelin cover.

So my point is that Oldboy is being adapted, arguably remade, for the sake of profit only - not because the people in charge feel that it is a story worth getting right the second time around.

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