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Spike Lee Says The Studio Re-Edited The One-Shot Hammer Scene In 'Oldboy' Plus Listen To 3 Tracks From The Score

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 25, 2013 1:12 PM
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Spike Lee's "Oldboy" arrives on Wednesday, but despite critics having already sat down with the movie, you won't find any reviews just yet. A tightly sealed embargo has kept opinions on the movie under firm lock and key until tomorrow afternoon (when you'll see our verdict as well), but until then, the always talkative Spike Lee is doing the press rounds for the movie and he's revealed that what you see on screen this weekend might not be his complete vision.

Of the handful of elements that define Park Chan-wook's original, one of them is the side-scrolling, unblinking hallway fight scene, in which Choi Min-sik battles a sea of baddies armed with nothing more than a hammer and a ferocity for revenge. In Lee's film, that fight now moves vertically on two levels, in a sequence that Josh Brolin reportedly trained six weeks for, and was also shot in one unbroken take. But you won't see it that way in cinemas. “It’s not one shot,” the director told The New York Times. “There’s a cut in it. Shouldn’t be, but there is a cut.”

“There’s no reason to try and even attempt that shot unless it’s a one-take,” he added. “That’s the scene from the original! That’s the scene!” So why did it have to get altered? Lee remains mum on that, only saying, "Tough business.”

It seems Lee is pragmatic about taking on a studio movie and the boundaries that come with it. How that plays out with the finished movie, you'll soon see. Until then, here's a new featurette for the film along with three selections of the film's score by Roque Banos via Moviefone.


'Oldboy' Soundtrack - Track 6 - 'I Will Find You'

'Oldboy' Soundtrack - Track 9 - 'Closing In'

'Oldboy' Soundtrack - Track 17 - 'Destiny'

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  • Joe from ATL | November 26, 2013 7:34 AMReply

    Once again, pre-warning that a spike movie sucks.

  • Tyler | November 25, 2013 7:57 PMReply

    IF it was good, why the delay in press coverage? shouldn't the studio be trying to build a good word of mouth? especially since so little Americans are familiar with the source material.??

  • Christian | November 25, 2013 2:09 PMReply

    Saw this a few weeks ago. It was good. I think it'll be great for american audiences. But it's one of those kinds of movies that's hard to watch if you know the ending.

  • Christian | November 25, 2013 2:50 PM

    My biggest complaint would be the villain. He's more over the top than the ones in Marvel movies.

  • Christian | November 25, 2013 2:49 PM

    It's gets minor tweaks. Nothing major though. Just to cater to American audiences more, and to try and throw off fans of the original. (which it doesn't.)

  • DAN WHITE | November 25, 2013 2:16 PM

    tell me about the infamous twist

    has it been changed in any way ?

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