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Oldboy (2003)

Oldeuboi (original title)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director:

Chan-wook Park

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Garon Tsuchiya (story), Nobuaki Minegishi (comic) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Min-sik Choi ... Dae-su Oh
Ji-tae Yu ... Woo-jin Lee
Hye-jeong Kang ... Mi-do
Dae-han Ji Dae-han Ji ... No Joo-hwan
Dal-su Oh ... Park Cheol-woong
Byeong-ok Kim ... Mr. Han
Seung-shin Lee ... Yoo Hyung-ja (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Jin-Seo Yoon ... Lee Soo-ah
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Beggar
Kwang-rok Oh Kwang-rok Oh ... Suicidal Man
Tae-kyung Oh Tae-kyung Oh ... Young Dae-su
Yeon-Seok Yoo Yeon-Seok Yoo ... Young Woo-Jin (as Ahn Yeon-Seok)
Il-han Oo Il-han Oo ... Young Joo-hwan
Su-hyeon Kim Su-hyeon Kim ... Chief Secretary
Seung-jin Lee Seung-jin Lee
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Storyline

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him and sedate him to avoid committing suicide, and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell, the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? Written by Nick Riganas

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Details

Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Oldboy See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,957, 25 March 2005, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$707,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,980,005
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Scenes at the police station with drunken and disorderly Dae-su Oh were the very last scenes the director scheduled to film. Min-sik Choi (Dae-su Oh) ad-libbed most of these "drunken" scenes, including the scene of him playing with toy wings that he bought for his daughter. He also ad-libbed many of his lines during the penthouse scene, including the anthem of his school. See more »

Goofs

When Lee Woo-jin recalls watching his sister fall from the bridge, there's a cutaway in which his hand is shown with half a pinkie missing, and in the next sequence, his hand is shown with all fingers intact. See more »

Quotes

Mi-do: [looking around the inside of Dae-su's "cell"] You stayed in a place like this for fifteen years?
Dae-su Oh: Yeah, but after the first eleven it felt like home.
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Alternate Versions

Prior to the DVD release, some changes to audio were made. The most prominent is the beginning, where the initial music was being extended to the production logos. Those alternations are likely to be undone in the 10th anniversary remaster, as the director Park Chan-Wook claimed to "have changed nothing from the original film." See more »

Connections

References King Kong (1933) See more »

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Bring My Love
by Starsailor
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A masterpiece for the cinema fanatics.
19 February 2008 | by maciuspSee all my reviews

The first time I watched "Old-boy", I was half-amazed, half-disgusted. I wasn't quite sure how to rate the movie in general. I knew 2 things: 1. From a visual point of view, it's one of the best movies I have ever seen. Cinematography & scenography are nothing short of perfection. 2. I had problems with the plot, some holes in it, and a general feeling of injustice, as crime seemed to be pretty lightweight compared with the punishment.

2nd time was a weird situation. A girl I knew tried to get into the film school, and the day before her exam she asked me to supply her with some movies that were interesting visually. 2 films we watched were "Natural Born Killers" and "Old-boy", and, especially the 2nd 1 was a revelation.

Knowing the plot, it was easy for me to concentrate on the visual side, and my friend always consumes the movies this way. Results of paying attention to the tiniest of details were stunning. I don't think there's 1 scene in there shot without an idea, without something happening in the background, or without an image responding to the theme of the scene.

Don't be a baby crying about violence - camera turns away in key moments. Don't be a smartarse, picking on the shortcomings of the plot - think about Hitchcock or Chaplin and how they gave a flying f... about plot. Appreciate the work of the whole crew, and for best effects watch it a couple of times. It's worth it.


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