After hearing that Spike Lee was remaking Park Chan-wook’s 2003 masterpiece Oldboy this year I decided to watch it again. I had seen it a few years ago when I heard about the Vengeance Trilogy Chan-wook had made. His three films are Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy and Lady Vengeance. Each film tells a different story, but all involve vengeance of some sort. Oldboy is based on a manga of the same name created in the late nineties by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi.
Chan-wook’s films have proven to be successful world-wide, which has given him the opportunity to make his first British/American release, Stoker, coming out on March 1st this year. It stars Nicole Kidman and based on the trailer which is online, it looks like we are in store for a wild ride. So do yourself a favor and see Oldboy. I do have to warn you that it is violent and really makes you think. More so about being human and surviving than anything, but it can also be classified as a romance in some twisted and demented way. And if you like Oldboy, you should do yourself the favor and watch the other films made by Park Chan-wook. He is an amazing director who knows how to make an amazing film.