Oldboy

Oldboy

Oldeuboi

DVD - 2005 | Korean
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Daesu is released and sets out to find his abductors.
Publisher: [Los Angeles] : Tartan Video [2005]
Branch Call Number: DVD F Old Korean
Alternative Title: Old boy
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Janice21383
May 22, 2017

As always with a favourite movie, it is hard to get into the heads of viewers who dislike it. Scanning down the comments, it is not the film for people who can't bear violence or chaotic action, people who pride themselves in being normal, humourless animal lovers, and those with shorter attention spans than goldfish. I would add: people who don't want to read subtitles, or who are upset by puzzling endings. The performances in Old Boy are heightened; it is not the typical western movie with naturalistic performances, and a lovable hero. And in fairness, it is a little long for the story it tells. Still with me? Then this is one of the best movies you will ever see.

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uugene
Jan 24, 2015

Couldn't watch it, the English language dubbing was insufferable and it looked like the acting was way hammy in the first 3 minutes which is all I saw.

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Joezinho82
Sep 23, 2014

I watched this movie with my 85 year-old grandma, way past her "bedtime". She didn't get up not for one second! If a movie is powerful enough to keep the elderly awake and watching, then you it's worth a glance!

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Both this and Hollywood's 2013 versions are equally good though I like the ending of the newer version better. (Story based loosely on the Japanese manga Oldboy written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya.)

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carolinew
Mar 27, 2014

I can certainly understand why this movie got a Tarantino nod. I really enjoyed most of it. It is over the top in some places. But all in all, I have to say... good movie. Good yarn. And I did not figure it out before the plots were revealed. That is high stars in my books.

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K_ez
Nov 24, 2013

A bit overrated, but overall a good film.
Quite violent yet it keeps you alert.
Complex story line about revenge with disturbing revelations that you don't see coming.

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MichelleinBallard
Oct 12, 2013

If you are depraved then you will be enjoy this film. Seriously.

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wongsokguan
Aug 14, 2013

Surreal and violent. Couldn't finish it.

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Monolith
Jul 29, 2013

Warped? Twisted? Bent? Yep. Unsettling? Disturbing? Sickening? At times... Oh yeah. And also: striking, tense, stylized, shocking, funny, poignant... This one runs the whole gamut of emotions. Loved the classical score; that impressive lengthy hallway @ss-kicking sequence another reviewer touched on; the actors -- especially Min-sik Choi as the Korean Charles Bronson-esque Dae-su Oh; even the English over-dubbing was surprisingly decent, for a change. This was my introduction to Mr. Chan-wook Park's work, and man, this flick was KILLER. FIVE STARS. And on a side-note, evidently Spike Lee is releasing an American version with Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Samuel L. Jackson, etc. this coming October. It may have the train wreck affect on me (you don't want to look, but your morbid curiosity is too overpowering...) Regardless, I'm certain it won't hold a candle to this.

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AdlerC
May 06, 2013

A sad, sadistic and very psychological film. This film is not for everyone. Certain parts are hard to stomach and I am not referring to violence in the film. It is very Tarantino like. There is an American remake coming out this year but I don't think they will be able to top this. I was not expecting the ending or anything remotely close to that kind of ending at all. Highly recommended.

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jimg2000
Jun 27, 2014

Monolith posted the best lines already. So here is a lessor quote:
Mido: You look very familiar.
Have we met before?
Oh: "Search for the Best Chef."
"Thursdays at 6:30 on MBC."
"The youngest female chef
of Japanese cuisine."
Mido: Oh, that?
They said the ratings are low,
but someone must watch it.
Oh: Women's hands are usually warm, so they cannot make sushi.

Oh: Actually, life in a bigger prison does not suit me very well.

Lee to Oh: Once again,
revenge is good for your health.
But... What happens after you've had your revenge? I bet that hidden pain probably emerges again.
Are you there, Oh Dae-su?

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Dae-su Oh: "Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone."

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Monolith
Jul 30, 2013

Woo-jin Lee: "...Keep this in mind... a grain of sand, or a rock; in water, they both sink."

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stedder
Nov 28, 2013

stedder thinks this title is suitable for 30 years and over

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bibliobub
Oct 26, 2007

man is kidnapped for 15 years then one day let go. journey of revenge and redemption.

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