Directed By: Chan Wook Park Starring: Choi Min-Sik

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Studio Kino Video
SKU 211107671
UPC 842498050040
UPC 14 00842498050040
Format DVD
Release Date 7/21/2009
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Editors Note
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.
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,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
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,Ranked #10 in Rolling Stone's "Top 25 DVDs Of 2005' -- "[A]n explosively exciting revenge drama..." 12/01/2005 p.98
Premiere "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
Chan Wook Park
Choi Min-Sik
Cast & Crew
Yoo Ji-tae - Star
Choi Min-Sik - Star
Bo-Kyeong Kim - Star
Chan Wook Park - Screenwriter
Chan Wook Park - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
UPC 00842498050040
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 120 minutes
Color Color
Product Attributes
Actor Choi,Min-Sik
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD

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