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Oldboy [DVD] [2003]

Choi Min-Sik , Yue Jie-Tae , Chan-wook Park    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Choi Min-Sik, Yue Jie-Tae, Hye-jung Gang
  • Directors: Chan-wook Park
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Korean
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Tartan
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (173 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006GVJLM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,622 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Having knocked out judges at this year’s Cannes, winning the Grand Prix Du Jury prize and championed by Tarantino, Park Chan-Wook’s startling OLD BOY comes out on DVD in a fantastic two-disc set. Unsettling but ingenious and darkly comic, it’s a revenge movie wrapped in a mystery that twists the nerves at every scene. Following a drunken spree, a businessman is arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, not knowing his crime or who his captors are. Suddenly, he’s released and given three days to discover why he was shut away and who was responsible. A critical and box-office hit, the double disc set includes newly created English subtitles and commentaries with a exclusive Park Chan-Wook interview and original UK trailer.

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59 of 61 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle masterpiece. 1 Mar 2006
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking Korean Thriller 29 May 2006
By R. Mullaney VINE VOICE
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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28 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!!! It's Outstanding!!! 25 Oct 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Refreshing Change 4 Jan 2006
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Speak softly and carry a big hammer 25 April 2007
By ZZrider
If you're a fan of Oldboy this is a great set to own. The U.S. version contains three DVD's, widescreen with Korean DTS sound and 5.1 english dub. The second disc has the making of documentaries and the third disc contains a daily video documentary of the 69 day shoot. You also get a film cell and a copy of the manga. I think this is the best of the vengeance trilogy. A violent emotional revenge drama with plenty of plot twists. Looks like this version may be out of print but you can still find it at a great price.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer Brilliance 5 April 2005
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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great dvd
Published 17 hours ago by alun phillips
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
as advertised
Published 12 days ago by Mel_Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, intense.
Excellent movie.

A great introduction to movies from that part of the world. A refreshing change from Hollywood.
Published 13 days ago by T Singh
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, thought provoking and a must watch.
To be honest I came to look for Oldboy 2013, not realising it was a remake to this one from 2003. After reading the reviews and others online I decided to purchase this version,... Read more
Published 29 days ago by SR MELLERICK
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie! One of the best ever...
Published 1 month ago by Booney
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Would recommend
Published 1 month ago by 'Putman'
5.0 out of 5 stars The movie is so good that Bollywood copied it and called it zida crap...
The movie is so good that Bollywood copied it and called it zida crap version and then Hollywood did the same and called it old boy cant say it was a box office smash lol and i... Read more
Published 1 month ago by harpal chauhan
5.0 out of 5 stars Not sure I could watch it again but it was brilliant. I now want to...
Weird as hell and definitely not for the faint hearted. Not sure I could watch it again but it was brilliant. Read more
Published 1 month ago by bookworm
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 2 months ago by DELPORTE
2.0 out of 5 stars probably worth looking up what a vengeance movie is before watching
With the positive reviews I thought I would give this a try. I think this is considered to be in the subgenre of Vengeance Movies, this is the first time I have knowingly watched... Read more
Published 2 months ago by tiredoldgit
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