Oldboy


Director: Park Chan-Wook

Starring: Choi Min-Sik, Yoo Ji-Tae

Dae-su Oh has spent a heavy nights drinking after missing his daughters birthday. He is so drunk that when he wakes up he doesn’t know where he is. In fact he has been kidnapped and the room he is in is to be his home for the next 15 years. When he is finally let go he is given some cash and a phone, and seeking vengeance, he goes on the hunt for his captors. He finally meets his captor who offers a proposition. If he can find out why he was kidnapped the captor will kill himself, if not he will kill the girl Dae-su Oh has befriended.

What follows is a rollercoaster of events that lead to a gripping and climatic finale. With intriguing twists and turns we are lead further into the world of Dae-su Oh and those around him. We feel for him but can’t help but be absorbed by the events happening to him. Despite his violent outbursts we feel for his situation.

For any fans of movies with a twist, Oldboy lives up to expectation. It is laden with strong violent scenes, but it never feels over the top. For example, in one scene the main protagonist eats a live squid. While not for the squeamish it should put you off. It adds to the raw feel of emotion in the film, and is mostly necessary to the movie.

For anyone who has seen Oldboy, it is part of a trilogy so Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Lady Vengeance are still there for the viewing. For anyone who hasn’t, see it now, before it’s destroyed by the inevitable American re-hash.

*****

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