A piece of art. Everything about this movie is done so well that even if it's not your type of thing, you still have to appreciate the work that went into it. I don't think it would be an exaggeration to call it one of the best movies of all time. It's what compelled me to start watching foreign language cinema and I have not looked back since.
Shocking. Sadistic imagery transformed into film. This is some kind of anthropology of the shadows, a negativity crisis that generates a different human being, which is also a beast. Tu put that on a film is an art miracle. Corollary: Cinema can always go beyond.
Excelente fotografía y trama. El manejo de planos complementan perfectamente el recurso de la voz en off. Existen ciertas lagunas narrativas que sacan al espectador, por momentos, del ilusionismo propuesto por la diégesis. El manejo de la estética de los interiores, pese a tratarse de un género completamente distinto, remite a la película de Jeunet, "Amelie".
The story makes as many leaps of logic as a typical giallo film (and the design takes cues from that genre), but the characters and emotions consistently make sense, outsize as they are. Wook succeeds in creating a world where the comic and the nightmarish constantly fight for supremacy. The famous Korean graphic torture is there, but there is a method to the madness. Riveting, but stomach churning
One of the most bombastically enthralling pieces of cinema I've watched in my life! It has a gleeful tendency to venture into these over-the-top moments that look purely ridiculous when seen out of the context of the movie, which often left me watching the sheer lunacy on screen in a state of simultaneously frozen and hysterical amusement.
The second film in Park Chan-Wook's aptly named 'Vengeance Trilogy', Oldboy is, on the surface, a story of revenge. The normal intrigue and mystery of vengeance stories is taken to new heights, as Park Chan-Wook masterfully sets up twists and turns throughout, leaving the viewer on the edge of their seat. A beautifully stylistic and gripping drama, this is the perfect start for those wishing to explore Asian cinema.