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Oldboy
Oldboy
Actors: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh
Director: Chan-wook Park
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
R     2005     2hr 0min

Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is abducted and locked up in a strange, private prison. No one will tell him why hes there and who his jail...  more »

     

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Actors: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh
Director: Chan-wook Park
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Drama, Horror, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: Tartan Video
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 08/23/2005
Original Release Date: 01/01/2003
Theatrical Release Date: 00/00/2003
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: Korean, English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Harry E. (HHHarry) from BALTIMORE, MD
Reviewed on 3/29/2010...
A truly great movie.
Whenever anyone asks me what the best movie I have seen in the last 10 years is, I tell them Oldboy.
Part of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy (with Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance)
This movie is not for the faint of heart or easily offended. And a synopsis really does not do it justice. Just watch it! A more twisted tale of love and revenge you will never find.
Heck it is worth getting this film for just the fight scene in which Oldboy, armed only with a hammer, fights his way through a hotel hallway full of goons...


And the ending of this film will stick with you....
1 of 1 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amber C. from OVERLAND PARK, KS
Reviewed on 8/5/2009...
Aha, the synposis doesn't really do this movie justic. Dae-su's jail is actually this strange hotel room that he's been trapped in for 15 year. The movie really briallant and has the funniest dialogue. Never gets boring or slow. In the end, your mouth will be gaping (like mine) and yelling in disbelief.
A++ for Oldboy!
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Nicole W. (sterju3) from SCRANTON, PA
Reviewed on 4/6/2009...
I love oldboy...choi min-sik is fabulous in this movie. 15 years being locked away in a room doing and eating the same things day after day wondering why he is there..great movie A++++++++
2 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

The question you need to ask yourself...
Gisli Jokull Gislason | Iceland | 10/06/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a very good movie. Koreans have been making ambitious movies lately like Ta Guk Gi - Brotherhood and Natural City which are among the best from Asian Cinema. Oldboy is better than these and on par with movies like Resevoir Dogs.

It tells the story of a drunken man who is all of a sudden kidnapped for no reason he can imagine and is held captive for a very long time, on a Monte Cristo timescale. The movie is very brutal and full of dark humour. The begining scene where our hero is a drunken nuisance is the most believable and amusing drunk I have seen in a movie and I should know, since I am a police officer myself. Then there are scenes where he confronts a man who is about to commit suicide by jumping off a tall building and a brutal fight where he takes on a large group of criminals. All are well thought out and realistic. All of this goes on while the main plot unfolds, why was he held captive, for what reason and by who. And those aren't even the right questions. There are bigger surprises in store.

To fully appreciate the movie you will need a dark sense of humour and a desire for mystery. But should you fulfill this criteria - Oldboy will leave you mightly pleased."