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Oldboy(올드보이)

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Korea

2003

Rated R • 2h 0m

Director Park Chan-wook

Starring Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jung, Kim Byung-ok

Genre Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action

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With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.

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WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING?

Pico Banerjee Profile picture for Pico Banerjee

You can't talk about the modern action movie, or the rising prominence of South Korean cinema, without mentioning Park Chan-wook and Oldboy. At turns entertaining, confusing, and by the end, deeply disturbing, Oldboy is the kind of movie that if someone lent you on DVD, you should keep forever. I'm not one to advocate theft, but Oldboy really is just that good. Now stop questioning the moral ambiguity of this review, and watch it for yourself.

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WHAT ARE CRITICS SAYING?

88

Premiere by Glenn Kenny

Once the picture gets into Hollywood's bloodstream, it could well prove to be as influential as John Woo's 1989 crime thriller, "The Killer."
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Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

Oldboy caused a love-it-or-hate-it stir at Cannes last year, and how could it not: It's an onslaught made to cause a sensation. Consider me simultaneously jolted and depressed.
90

Village Voice by Michael Atkinson

Whatever its oversteps and excesses (I do think Park ran a little amok with the computer gimcrackery), Oldboy has the bulldozing nerve and full-blooded passion of a classic.
80

The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

The result is a powerfully visceral experience that justifies itself almost entirely on surface chops, with striking color composition and a complex sound design that elevates the story to an operatic scale.

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