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OldBoy 2003

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:
Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu
Runtime:
1 hour, 54 minutes

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Genres Drama, Thriller, International
Director Chan-wook Park
Starring Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu
Supporting actors Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh, Byeong-ok Kim, Seung-shin Lee, Jin-seo Yoon, Dae-yeon Lee, Kwang-rok Oh, Tae-kyung Oh, Yeon-suk Ahn, Il-han Oo, Su-hyeon Kim, Seung-jin Lee, Su-kyeong Yun, Myeong-shin Park, Dae-han Chi, Yi Yong, Joe Cappelletti
Studio Palisades Tartan
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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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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A fantastic film which follows none of the usual hollywood conventions. One of the few films which is totally ahead of the crowd. A star performance from Choi Min-Sik in a physical and emotionally demanding role. Please watch the original before the hollywood remake is made. Even if it turns out to be that rare breed; a good hollywood remake of a foreign film, it will never match the Korean original.
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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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By A Customer on 23 Nov. 2004
Format: DVD
This in my opinion is easily the best film ever to be created. If you like to get dazed by the twists and turns of the plot, then this is the film for you.
This film is a basically a build up towards the later upcoming biggest twist ever to be put up on cinema screen. (the 'box' bit) To be honest, i couldnt quite understand the film until this part...It had answered all my questions i had during the film.
Dont buy this film if you just expect mindless gore. The violence in this film is actually appropiate and essential to the character building. (its not as gory as people say anyway)
Oldboy is simply an artwork... i never seen a film so orignal and cool. No wonder the world labelled it as one of the best films made ever.
I recommend that you watch it first time with all of your concentration. There may be few things that you didnt quite understand... but watch it again, and then its all solved and you will get to appreciate the effort and intelligence spent on the making of the film.
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I had heard about this film from a friend of a friend and have to say it was one of the greatest films I have ever seen. Be warnes, this film deserves it's 18 rating but it is so beautifully shot that the violence is never gratuitous or excessive. There is a good bit of blood but never on the OTT Kill Bill vein but it is disturbing at times. The story focuses on a man's search for the truth to why he was kidnapped for 15 years without explanation. The main character, Oh Daesu, teams up with a young woman intrigued by his story and eager to help him. But nothing is what it seems in this film and the truth behind the kidnapping is more disturbing and twisted. As with a lot of asian cinema it defies western conventions and the director clearly has an eye for imagery, the film almost takes on a manga style of image after image. There is a beautifully shot fight scene in a corridor that is done side on and in one long, continous shot that is one of the best scenes in the whole movie and in fact in cinema. No film is perfect and some things don't quite ring true, the kidnapper seems awfully young for the role and it is hard to accept the reason why he arranged the kidnapping. His revenge however is disturbing and not for the faint-hearted. With conservative censorship reagning supreme in Hollywood at the moment there is no doubt that an American version of this film would water down the story, as they did with the Ring, so why not stick with the original when it is such an amazing work.
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