Reeling - Rene Rodriguez

November 28, 2013 12:43 PM

Oldboy (R)

A Hollywood remake of Oldboy sounds daunting, improbable and guaranteed to fail. Originally made in 2003 by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook, the movie, inspired by a popular manga, delved into thematic territory American movies rarely tread, had an unconventional plot structure and style and included instances of violence and other things (such as the eating of a live octopus on camera, its tentacles wriggling out of a man’s mouth) that would never pass muster with the ratings board — or, for that matter, the mainstream U.S. movie-going public.

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