Oldboy (Blu-ray) (2005)
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15 Years of Imprisonment...5 Days of Vengeance.
|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 he's there and who his jailer is. Over time his fury builds to a single-minded focus of revenge. 15 years later, he is unexpectedly freed, given a new suit, a cell-phone and 5 days to discover the mysterious enemy who had him imprisoned. Seeking vengeance on all those involved, he soon finds that his enemy's tortures are just beginning.|
"...a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance. Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune
"Anguished, beautiful and desperately alive, Oldboy is a dazzling work of pop-culture artistry. Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
"Park's direction is flawless and Jung Jung-hoon's cinematography is stunning. V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"...arrives with the Quentin Tarantino seal of approval... Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle
Editor's NoteIt would be a sin to reveal too much about this riveting and bizarre thriller from Korean director Chan Wook Park, except to say that it's about a man named Dae-Su (Choi Min-Sik) who is locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae Su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and strangeness. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive sushi chef (Gang Hye-Jung), who feeds him live octopus and who may or may not be involved with the bizarre mystery. This is all served up in a striking palette of purples and dark reds; oozing with post-neo-noir style, and stuffed with insanely malicious twists and turns. Choi Min-Sik is terrific in the lead, counterbalancing over-the-top hysterics with deadpan cool to run the gamut of Asian antihero traits. There are intense fight scenes (Dae Su's favorite weapon is a hammer), look-away moments of torture and self-mutilation, sex, and gallons of black humor. Not for the squeamish, but for those seeking something wholly original and daring, this cinematic entree is alive--it's hard to imagine a better slice of psycho-shock sensationalism.
Cast & Crew
|Chan-wook Park - Director|
|Dong-ju Kim - Executive Producer|
|Jeong-hun Jeong - Cinematographer|
|Jo-yun Hwang, et. al. - Screenplay|
|Nobuaki Minegishi - Based On Comic Books By|
|Sang-Beom Kim - Editor|
|Seong-hie Ryu - Production Designer|
|Seung-yong Lim - Producer|
|Yeong-wook Jo - Original Music By|
|Cannes Film Festival, Chan-wook Park, Grand Prize of the Jury|
|Cannes Film Festival, Chan-wook Park, Golden Palm Award|