Based on the Japanese manga of the same name, Oldboy tells the horrific tale of Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a businessman who is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned in a grim hotel room-like cell for 15 years, without knowing his captor or the reason for his incarceration. Eventually released, he learns of his wife’s murder and embarks on a quest for revenge whilst also striking up a romance with a young, attractive sushi chef, Mi-do (Kang Hye-jung). He eventually finds his tormentor, but their final encounter will yield yet more unimaginable horrors…
Korean director Park Chan-wook’s astonishingly visceral film is a hotbed of controversy - not just for the extreme violence, but also for a scene featuring its protagonist eating a live octopus and a particularly twisted ending. But this is not shock for shock’s sake. Oldboy is a cautionary tale of how vengeance can only destroy those who let it consume them, as well as being one of the most perversely beautiful films of the early 2000s.
Warning! Contains deviant DIY instructions for using a hammer.
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