OldBoy 2003

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An ordinary man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years - with no explanation. He's then released, given money, a mobile phone and expensive clothes.

Starring:
Choi Min-Sik, Yoo Ji-Tae
Runtime:
1 hour 54 minutes

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OldBoy

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Thriller, International
Director Park Chan-Wook, Chan-wook Park
Starring Choi Min-Sik, Yoo Ji-Tae
Supporting actors Kang Hye-jeong
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By L. Dolan on 1 Mar 2006
Format: DVD
Let's get the details out of the way, before I sing my praises. Oh Dae-Su finds himself kidnapped and imprisoned in a hotel-esque room for 15 years. He teaches himself to fight (by beating the hell out of a brick wall!), and slowly begins to go crazy. He's then hypnotized, and wakes up on the roof of a building. He has a limited amount of time to find the people who imprisoned him, find out why they did it, and then exact revenge.
OKAY, now you've got the gist of the plot, allow me to rant and rave about how amazing this film is. The plot (taken from the manga of the same name) is out of this world. It's amazing that Hollywood didn't snap it up sooner (though unfortunately, Hollywood are planning to butcher it with a remake). It's twists and mind boggelers galore. Guaranteed to disturb and disgust you in parts, and leave you touched in others. Everything is brought together with strong characters, amazing music, a top-notch storyline, and most importantly, great acting. Every person feels like they were born to play their role.
I can't stress enough how much you need to watch this film. Pretentious critics like to sling mud at Oldboy, but none of it sticks. Despite over-hype and the occasional "well it wasn't THAT amazing" review, this film stands its own against any other film out there. I would go as far as to say it's my favourite film of all time. It's epic in a subtle way, and if you're not left mesmerized (albeit due to some confusion) by it, watch it again. I didn't notice the beauty of it all until its second viewing. A must see for any fan of intelligent films.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE on 29 May 2006
Format: DVD
Old Boy is a startling Korean film that caused quite a stir when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 2003. After a drunken night of michief making, a man wakes up imprisoned in a room with no idea why or who is holding him. He is released 15 years later to discover he is the prime suspect in his wifes murder. He is given a mobile phone and a wallet full of cash and begins the task of tracking down his captors to solve the riddle of his incarceration.

The film is visually breathtaking with wonderfully shot scenes. The scene which stands out the most is a 2 minute continuous shot of Oh Dae-Su taking on dozens of thugs in a cramped corridor armed with nothing but his fists and a claw hammer. Its so stylish that you can understand why Tarantino named it as one of his favourite films.

It can be a little confusing but give it a chance and treat yourself to one of the finest pieces of Asian cinema in 2003.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By D. W. Bissett on 25 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
This is probably one of the greatest revenge movies ever made, but be warned -- this film is NOT for the weak-minded, the faint-hearted nor the easily offended. But it's way better than all the dreck Hollywood keep making over the recent years.

One night, a man gets mysteriously captured and imprisoned in a cell where he goes under toture and madness. 15 years later, he is released back into his home country, where he's determined to find his captors & get his revenge...but he only has 5 days.

There are scenes in OLDBOY (2003), that will stay with you - the infamous live-octopus scene, the fighout in the corridor and the shocking plot twist which is revealed during the memorable climax. By the time the film ended, I was speechless.

Kudos to everyone who made this excellent movie. 5 out of 5.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By "smeged34" on 4 Jan 2006
Format: DVD
Being something of a newcomer to the asian cinema scene I picked up my copy of Old Boy on reccomendation from a friend. Being somewhat cynical i expected the whole usual polava of over the top kung-fu antics and esoteric storyline. Wow. This film took my breath away. An excellent and gripping storyline mixed with both realistic and exciting fight scenes. The sideways shot corridor fight is something fresh and new and a welcome change to the typical gung-ho western style fight where the 'hero' fights hundreds of would be enemies and wins without breaking into a sweat. There is hesitation in the attacks, bad punches are thrown and you feel as though you are watching something un-nervingly real! I wouldnt want to ruin the story for other newcomers and veterans of this genre so all I will say is that this film is a must see. In closing, an important film in the action/revenge genre and a worthy film for anyones collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Pendaswyf on 5 April 2005
Format: DVD
In terms of celluloid quality, Asia is most definitely where it's at these days, and there is no better indicator of this than Oldboy. Warnings abouts its violent content prompted me to eschew it at the cinema, but excellent word of mouth prompted me to check it out on DVD, and I'm infinitely glad I did. True, there are two or three pretty nasty moments, but it is not the violence but the themes that prove shocking. I won't go into these at all, because this film MUST be watched with as little prior knowledge of the story as possible; suffice to say, the plot undergoes a complete reversal at the end, meaning that EVERYTHING that has gone before is turned so utterly on its head that you will never be able to watch it in quite the same way again. Quite literally, the film grabs your wrist and pulls you, whether you want to go or not, into some very dark places indeed; and though it may not be a film you will watch that often, it is an absolute must for any respectable film-fan's DVD collection.
Why? Perhaps the finest thing in Oldboy - aside from the unflinching depiction of vengeance and what it can do to a man - is the performance of the lead actor. Min-Sik Choi is magnificent as Dae-su, by degrees fearless, funny and wholly heartbreaking, he completely nails every emotion of his character, from harmless drunkenness a despair so pure that it leads him to ultimate actions that we can't understand, and yet somehow can. If Hollywood had any guts, he would have dominated the awards season. The direction is equally brilliant, particularly the lengthy corridor fight-scene in which the protagonists tire themselves to point of keeling over - and all in one shot.
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