If you haven’t seen Park’s “Oldboy,” be prepared for a film that is nothing like Spielberg or Smith have ever made before. It follows a man named Dae-Su, who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without having a good reason why. Once released, he goes on a path of vengance, tracing the identity of his captors through a strange maze of conspiracy. It’s bloody, it’s brutal, and yet packs quite an emotional punch.
But the explicitness of the violence and sexuality, and the ambiguity of the ending, mean that no American remake can really do it justice — and particularly not by Spielberg and Smith, who are wonderful and talented individuals, but ultimately make movies for the widest audience appeal. (And there’s nothing wrong with that.)
It’s possible that in pairing up, Spielberg and Smith are aiming to shock American filmgoers entirely, and that all the tooth-pulling, hammer wielding, and uncertain romance will remain intact.
Do you think Spielberg and Smith can remake “Oldboy”? Or should they find another project, and leave this Korean stunner alone?