Call me an absolutist, but Spike Lee is a sellout. It can't be that after a 20 odd year career of films about poverty, great figures of history, social and racial unrest, untold stories of war, crime dramas of drug use and in depth documentaries of Government neglect and also throughout the years speaking out against the system of the U.S. and of Hollywood. To then make a remake of a Korean film. As if Spike has something new to bring to this already perfectly made masterpiece.
You could say other great filmmakers have also done remakes. That's a given, but they weren't ever so feverishly anti-Hollywood or anti-establishment. Also it could be that Spike needs the money. Well then and only then ill give him a pass. But I don't think this is such a case as with Nicolas Cage and his debt issues. Still I am completely biased over this film as the original was and still is a favorite of mine.
director: Spike Lee
starring: Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson and Josh Brolin