Oldboy [DVD]  [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]
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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.
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.
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.
One of the best films I have seen and it has rekindled my interest in Asian films.
Not to give away the plot, this film is a revenge fueled darkly comic, at times harrowing, violent, sad, emotional blitz on the senses.
Choi-Min-Sik is fabulous as the smiling Oh Des-Ou. A character only he (with hindsight of course) could have pulled off so magnificently.
The film offers painfully emotional scenes, set back to back with hilarious (and usually violent) action sequences. The guy with his little fluffy dog exiting the world in the way he does made not only the main character smile, but me also !
Its certainly a "revenge" film, but the way the plot reveals itself keeps you guessing who's revenge it actually is that you're watching right to the end.
An amazing film, with tons of style, and just as much depth, As has been said already fans of Tarantino and Scott, as well as Takeshi Kitano should love it. And if I haven't sold you on the above, then all I can say is if the sound of a hero having a brawl with 15 hoods, and only using his fists and a claw hammer, all stylishly filmed in just about 1 take, sounds like your kind of thing, then this film is also for you !!!!
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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Good Korean movie with different plot not easily found in Western movies today.Published 9 days ago by fk
My absolute favourite Korean movie. Despite being subtitled, the storyline is gripping right to the end. The main character is outstanding. Highly recommend.Published 2 months ago by Catie Cat
My favourite film. Twists,
Story, complexity, revenge, bittersweet!
Oldboy , what can I say , what a fantastic film
Pass the octopus please
Superb and disturbingly brilliant film. Truly a cult classic. If had to do a list of 10 top of must see films, Oldboy (the original not American remake which is poor by the way)... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Rootsdawtah