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Oldboy (2003)

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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dae-han Ji ...
Yoo Hyung-ja (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Kwang-rok Oh ...
Tae-kyung Oh ...
Yeon-suk Ahn ...
Il-han Oo ...
Su-hyeon Kim
Seung-jin Lee


An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor. Written by Jacksrevenge

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Imprisoned for 15 years... ...5 days to seek revenge See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

21 November 2003 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Oldboy  »

Box Office


$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$44,465 (Hong Kong) (15 October 2004)


$2,181,290 (USA) (20 December 2013)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Min-sik Choi trained for six weeks and lost twenty pounds to get in shape for the role of Dae-su, and did most of his own stunt work. See more »


Despite having been imprisoned and isolated from the outside world for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is shown to be familiar with the operation of a modern cell phone, something that would have been very rare (and completely different from the flip-top handset Dae-Su has) in South Korea when he was imprisoned in the late 80s. However, Dae-Su watched television for 15 years and it is highly likely that at some point he saw a modern cell phone being used. See more »


Woo-jin Lee: Remember this: "Be it a rock or a grain of sand, in water they sink as the same."
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Referenced in Ebert Presents: At the Movies: Episode #1.9 (2011) See more »


from "The Four Seasons"
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More people need to see this film!
15 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In an age of American cinema where our biggest blockbusters are based on films already successful overseas, this is one movie that needs to be seen by more American movie goers. This is the movie that got me hooked on Asian revenge films. Oldboy is an original movie that shows what happens when a man's freedom is taken away and he doesn't know why, or by whom. He is sudden thrust back into society where he must track down the person that took away his freedom. Along the way come multiple plot twist and surprises that you just don't see coming.

It's a shame so many American film goers refuse to see foreign films, because this movie is genius. Who knows, maybe someday the movie will get remade for audiences here in the U.S. and the main character will be played by Mel Gibson or Bruce Willis. If you want to stay true to the Asian vision, I even think Jackie Chan could be a candidate.

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