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Oldboy

(Rated R18)

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"Do you want revenge, or do you want the truth?"

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Overview

Park Chan-wook's modern classic Oldboy returns as a brand new 4K restoration. One drunken night, average businessman Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell without explanation. With television as his only window to the world, he watches fifteen years go by as he trains his body for revenge. When he is suddenly released in a field with money, a cellphone and a nice suit, he sets out on a violent quest to find some explanation for his suffering and to punish those responsible. As Oh Dae-su digs deeper, he realises his kidnapper has set him on a path of even greater torment.

Winner: Grand Prix
— Cannes 2004
“A movie full of visceral shocks and aesthetic pleasures”
— Philippa Hawker, The Age
“A powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare”
— Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times
“A movie that you feel you're not so much watching on screen as having beamed directly into your skull from some malign, alien planet of horror.”
— The Guardian

Why You Should See This Film

One of the defining films of South Korean cinema, Oldboy is a visceral revenge thriller that revels in the essence and experience of life before descending into the depths of hatred and depravity. In the film that solidified his status as one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, Park Chan-wook’s form is playful and invigorating in tandem with a totally unhinged, transformative performance by Choi Min-sik. Brace yourself for mind games, mystery and misery in this essential work of extreme cinema.

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  • Year: 2003
  • Rating: R18
  • Director: Park Chan-wook
  • Cast: Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jeong
  • Duration: 120 minutes
  • Language: Korean with English subtitles
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