The first poster for Spike Lee‘s remake of Oldboy is really something special. What we get is an incredibly young-looking Josh Brolin (he’s really 45) emerging from an antique chest in the middle of the wild, and then the words: “Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.” Check it out below.

According to /Film, the poster is an image from the film, and the title is written in Brolin’s handwriting. The Huffington Post notes that the poster was also designed by Neil Kellerhouse, the same guy behind posters for The Social Network (the one with all those mean words on top of Jesse Eisenberg‘s face), The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo and Antichrist.  It’s a bizarre first poster, no doubt, but that’s probably the point. The first Oldboy trailer will be released on Wednesday, and perhaps some of our questions will be answered then.


Based on Park Chan-wook modern  classic, Oldboy follows an advertising executive (Brolin) who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 20 years without explanation. After his equally unexpected release, the man must figure out why he was captured in the first place. The film also stars Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli and Lance Reddick.

The film is out October 25, 2013 (via FilmDistrict).

What do you think? Are you excited for Spike Lee’s Oldboy?