'Oldboy' Movie Trailer: Spike Lee Tackles A South Korean Classic [Video]

The first Oldboy movie trailer has finally arrived online.

Much has been said about the acclaimed filmmaker's remake of the South Korean classic. Director Chan-wook Park's 2003 thriller is considered by many to be one of the best in the genre. Not surprisingly, Lee's remake has been meet with a fair amount of skepticism.

However, the first trailer for the upcoming Oldboy remake seems to retain the style and atmosphere present in the original outing. To help him bring the film to life, Spike Lee tapped a number of talented players. As someone who adores the original, this writer is impressed with what he's seen so far.

Josh Brolin stars as Joe Doucett, an advertising executive who finds himself imprisoned for 20 years. To make matters worse, he is framed for the murder of his wife. During his time locked away, he watches the world change on TV.

As unexpectedly as he arrived, Doucett is packed into a suitcase and dumped in the middle of nowhere. So begins his quest to find out who is responsible for the kidnapping and his wife's murder. Joe's shockingly violent quest for the truth will ultimately push him past the breaking point.

Chan-wook Park's Oldboy is a movie that doesn't pull its punches. It's bloody, brutal, and uncompromising from the beginning to the very end. Judging from the trailer, Spike Lee's remake appears to capture the original picture's intensity in a way that's honestly a little surprising. Like many of you, this writer can't wait to see the flick in theaters.

In addition to Brolin, Lee's Oldboy remake stars Samuel L. Jackson, Elizabeth Olsen, and Elysium villain Sharlto Copley.

The red band Oldboy movie trailer is embedded below. The clip is definitely not safe for work. Because of its content, viewer discretion is strongly advised.

What do you think about the first Oldboy movie trailer?

[Image via FilmDistrict]