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Oldboy (2005)

Director: Chan Wook Park     Starring: Choi Min-Sik
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Format: DVD
Sku: 211107671
UPC: 842498050040
UPC 14: 00842498050040
Category Keywords: Action  Crime  Theatrical Release  Thriller  Violence
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Editor's Note
It 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.


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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Kino Video
Video Release Date Release Date: 7/21/2009
Video Play Time Running Time: 120 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2005
Video UPC UPC: 00842498050040
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

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Video Color Spec Video: Color

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Yoo Ji-tae
Video Cast Info Choi Min-Sik
Video Cast Info Bo-Kyeong Kim
Video Cast Info Chan Wook Park - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Chan Wook Park - Director

Professional Reviews

New York Times
"A master of composition, Mr. Park makes some of the snazziest-looking pulp fiction going." 03/25/2005 p.E14

Entertainment Weekly
"The brio and glee that Koran bad-boy filmmaker Park Chanwook brings to the gaudy psycho-shockeroo OLDBOY is undeniable, even impressive." 04/01/2005 p.51

Chicago Sun-Times
"OLDBOY ventures to emotional extremes, but not without reason." 03/25/2005 p.28

Sight and Sound
"[With] rigorously inventive direction and an emotional undertow that builds to a startling level of intensity." 05/01/2005 p.86

Rolling Stone
"[A]n explosively exciting psychosexual revenge drama from Korean powerhouse Park Chanwook that makes movies feel alive again." 04/07/2005 p.78

"Park Chan-Wook is a tremendous craftsman....He ratchets up the sadistic suspense in a variety of fruit flavors." 09/01/2005 p.129

Movieline's Hollywood Life
"Park's direction is bristlingly inventive, and his themes are ancient Greek in scope." 09/01/2005 p.101

Entertainment Weekly
Ranked #5 in Entertainment Weekly's Top Ten DVDs Of The Year -- "Fans of Tarantino and films with surprise endings that are actually surprising should flock to this Korean import..." 12/30/2005 p.126

Rolling Stone
Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[A]n explosively exciting revenge drama..." 12/01/2005 p.98

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Product attributeActor:   Choi,Min-Sik
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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