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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

Photo of Kevin Jagernauth By Kevin Jagernauth | The Playlist November 25, 2013 at 1:12PM

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.
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Oldboy,  Spike Lee

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'


This article is related to: Spike Lee, Oldboy (Remake)


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