Why A Tough Business?

A quote from Spike Lee regarding his latest film “Oldboy”

Of the handful of elements that define Park Chan-wook’s original, one of them is the side-scrolling, unblinking hallway fight scene, in which Choi Min-sik battles a sea of baddies armed with nothing more than a hammer and a ferocity for revenge. In Lee’s film, that fight now moves vertically on two levels, in a sequence that Josh Brolin reportedly trained six weeks for, and was also shot in one unbroken take. But you won’t see it that way in cinemas. “It’s not one shot,” the director told The New York Times. “There’s a cut in it. Shouldn’t be, but there is a cut.”

“There’s no reason to try and even attempt that shot unless it’s a one-take,” he added. “That’s the scene from the original! That’s the scene!”

So why did it have to get altered?

Lee doesn’t elaborate on what exactly transpired other than to say “Tough business. That’s all I’m going to say. Tough business.” (New York Times)

It’s a tough business filming in France. We are here to make sure its simple, easy and most of all creative.

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