Josh Brolin and Samuel L. Jackson star in Spike Lee's reinterpretation of OLDBOY.

Oldboy (2013)

Opened: 11/27/2013 Limited

AMC Empire 2511/27/2013 - 12/19/201323 days
Methuen 2011/27/2013 - 12/12/201316 days
Arclight/LA11/27/2013 - 12/12/201316 days
Showcase Lowell11/27/2013 - 12/12/201316 days
Quad Cinema/NYC11/29/2013 - 12/05/20137 days
Playhouse 712/06/2013 - 12/12/20137 days

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Genre: Action/Thriller

Rated: R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language.

Ask not why you were imprisoned. As why you were set free.


The contemporary film world is rife with fanatical tales of vengeance -- but none has ever been quite like Oldboy, a story at once provocatively emotional and brutal that twists together all the themes of isolation, repression, vendetta, conscience, guilt and redemption at the dark heart of modern pop culture.

While paying homage to the original Korean film, this Oldboy heads into its own shock-filled, shadowy territory. Based both on the graphic novel by Garon Tsuchiya and Nobuaki Minegishi and the highly acclaimed Korean film by Park Chan Wook (which won the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival while also becoming one of the most popular foreign film thrillers of all time), comes a new take on the legendary tale by two-time Academy Award® nominee Spike Lee.

Spike Lee's Oldboy kicks off with the unfathomable experience of Joe Doucett (JOSH BROLIN) a downward-spiraling advertising executive and absent father who, one drunken night, is kidnapped out of the blue and placed into a mind-numbing solitary confinement within a bizarre, hotel-like prison for the next 20 years -- 20 years full of torment that pass without any indication of his captor's identity or motive.

Inexplicably released from his nightmare, Joe emerges into the world with a single obsession: to uncover the person who orchestrated his punishment -- and to more urgently understand why. But even though he is now physically free, he is still being manipulated, still caught up in a twisted web of conspiracy and payback that threatens to engulf him. His quest for answers leads him to a, young social worker (ELIZABETH OLSEN), and ultimately to an elusive man (SHARLTO COPLEY) who allegedly holds the key to his liberation.

FilmDistrict and Good Universe present a Vertigo Entertainment/40 Acres and a Mule Production of a Spike Lee Film, starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Michael Imperioli, Linda Emond, James Ransone and Pom Klementieff.

The film is directed by Spike Lee from a screenplay by Mark Protosevich (I Am Legend, The Cell). The producers are Roy Lee, Doug Davison and Nathan Kahane and the executive producers are Joe Drake, John Powers Middleton and Peter Schlessel.