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8.4
/10
22,241 Ratings

Oldboy

올드보이

Directed by Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2003
Drama, Thriller, Mystery

Synopsis

Imprisoned by a mysterious, sadistic captor for 15 years, Oh Dae-su survives only because of his will to get even with the villain who has made his life a living hell. But when he’s suddenly released without explanation, he finds himself further plunged into a Kafkaesque conspiracy.

Our take

One of the most popular international hits of the 2000s, this extreme hyper-surreal revenge saga won the Grand Prix at Cannes in 2004. Amplifying South Korean master Park Chan-wook’s global prominence, Oldboy spasms with energy that has blown minds the world over.

Oldboy Directed by Park Chan-wook
It’s a grand, gritty, indelible experience, the sort of picture that mimics great literature in the way it envelops you in a well-told story while also evoking subtle but strong gradations of emotion.
March 26, 2005
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A master of composition, Mr. Park makes some of the snazziest-looking pulp fiction going.
March 25, 2005
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More than any single Korean film as yet released stateside, Park Chanwook’s Oldboy crystallizes the reigning characteristic of its national new wave: narratives driven by unbound emotionalism, and often driven like kamikaze stock cars.
March 15, 2005
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