While watching last night’s episode of Sons of Anarchy, a trailer for a very familiar premise came on our tv and the reveal made me want to throw something. Why is that? Because Spike Lee is remaking Oldboy. If you haven’t heard of the original, hold your horses before heading to Netflix to watch it. “Oldeuboi” is actually the second movie in the Vengeance trilogy from South Korea. Check out the films in order: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. I won’t ruin these for you, you just need to go watch them.
I think why this remake really gets me hot under the collar is because of the praise and awards received by another remake, The Departed. Is it a great film? Yes. Is it as good as the original? No. Infernal Affairs came out just four years before The Departed which really makes me question, was this really necessary? Could Scorsese really not come up with something original? If you think about it, The Departed probably began the planning stages only a couple of years after the original was done. I think, though, the worst part is that many people that appreciate the remake have no idea that it actually was a remake. If you are one of those people, please do yourself a favor and check out the original. It has so many amazing Chinese actors, the plot (if you ask me) is carried out much better than the US version, the twists are less apparent, and it’s easier to care about the characters.
And there you have it! Two trilogies to add to your must watch list. You can thank me later.