Tuesday, August 30, 2011

But can he eat a live octopus?

From Huffington Post, which I likely wouldn't read were it not for the occasional Korea news alert, comes news that Josh Brolin will star in Spike Lee's remake of Oldboy.

I guess Spike Lee has moved from making movies about Koreans swinging brooms to remaking movies about Koreans swinging hammers.

My thoughts later, but right now I'm working on a deadline. I'll leave you with a past post that explains the title of this current post.


1 comment:

  1. It's not going to be as good. The only way it can is if they do an original take. But to recreate the storyline in terms of the daughter being a Japanese restaurant waitress, having incest happen at a school, is not going to work for a Hollywood film. Can you imagine a white woman as a Japanese waitress? Sure, they exist, but it's not going to be as meaningful as the Korean film because Japanese restaurants are more common and there is a certain aura about them in the Korean context, which does not really apply to the U.S. Having the incest happen at a Korean school where there are certain associations just made it all the more creepier. If they did that scene in an American school, it would not add more to the creepiness factor, but would look more random. Spike Lee may have some talent, but he's no Park Chan Wook. Based on interviews, I think he has mellowed since "Do the Right Thing" though, but I haven't seen enough of his work to judge the effect on his filmmaking. I just don't think Spike can bring it in terms of the rawness and virtuosity of the original.


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