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‘Oldboy’ Inspired Graphic Novel ‘The Devil’s Eyes’ Provides Origins Story

'Oldboy' Inspired Graphic Novel 'The Devil's Eyes' Provides Origins Story

Leading up to the November 27th release of “Oldboy,” Spike Lee’s adaptation of the 2003 Korean film by Park Chan-wook, Film District has published part 1 of “Devil’s Eyes,” a graphic novel inspired by “Oldboy” on the film’s Tumblr.

“Oldboy,” written by Mark Protosevich, follows the story of Joe Doucette who is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years before being released — only to set out on a mission to find out who imprisoned him and why.

The prequel trilogy, “Devil’s Eyes,” begins in 1991 and provides a backstory for one of the film’s most sinister characters, Chaney (Samuel L. Jackson), who lords over the “hotel” where people are illegally held captive. Part 1 of the series, “The Rat,” introduces Chaney, who is seeking protection after he’s been set up as a “fall guy.” 

Of course, the original “Oldboy” film was itself inspired by a graphic novel, or rather, a a Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi. 

Check out part one of “Devil’s Eyes” here and look for part 2, “The Line” and part 3, “The Stand.” soon.

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