Oldboy

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Released 2003

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Director:
Chan-wook Park
Released:
2003
Rating:
R
Oldboy is the 2003 South Korean mystery thriller sensation from director Chan-wook Park that has to be seen to be believed ' if one can make it through the whole way. The film tells the story of father and husband Dae-Su who, for seemingly no reason at all, is kidnapped and thrown into a motel-like jail cell for 15 years. The cell has a bed, bathroom and television, but there are no windows. A steel door with only a small opening at the bottom so that food can be delivered is all that connects him to the outside world. Gas is emitted into the room periodically to subdue Dae-Su allowing a crew to provide medical attention where necessary or attend to any housekeeping agendas. Dae-Su's next decade and a half will consist of watching television and staying fit in hopes of an eventual release and identifying both his capture and the reason for his incarceration. When he is released back into society with his TV-taught vocabulary and his self-taught fighting prowess, he meets Mido, an aspiring sushi chef and immediately begins to seek out his captor.moreless

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  • 80

    Variety Derek Elley

    A wild, intensely cinematic ride into two men's burning desire to get even.

  • 70

    Los Angeles Times Carina Chocano

    It says something when you come out of a film as weird and fantastical as Oldboy and feel that you've experienced something truly authentic. I just don't know what. I can't think o...

  • 50

    The New York Times Manohla Dargis

    Entertaining to watch - notwithstanding the scene in which Dae-su eats a live animal - which is a good thing, because there is not much to think about here, outside of the choreogr...

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