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Oldboy -- After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days.

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Release Date:
21 November 2003 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance See more »
Plot:
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in 5 days. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
23 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
One of most well-made films I've ever seen See more (774 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Min-sik Choi ... Dae-su Oh

Ji-tae Yu ... Woo-jin Lee

Hye-jeong Kang ... Mi-do
Dae-han Ji ... No Joo-hwan
Dal-su Oh ... Park Cheol-woong
Byeong-ok Kim ... Mr. Han
Seung-Shin Lee ... Yoo Hyung-ja

Jin-seo Yoon ... Lee Soo-ah
Dae-yeon Lee ... Beggar
Kwang-rok Oh ... Suicidal Man
Tae-kyung Oh ... Young Dae-su
Yeon-suk Ahn ... Young Woo-jin
Il-han Oo ... Young Joo-hwan
Su-hyeon Kim
Seung-jin Lee
Su-kyeong Yun
Myeong-shin Park
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dae-han Chi
Yi Yong ... Delivery Boy

Joe Cappelletti ... Young Dae-su (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Mari Devon ... Beautician (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Crispin Freeman ... Woo-jin Lee (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Steve Kramer ... Newscaster / Cop 1 (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Sherry Lynn ... Mi-do (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Michael McConnohie ... Dae-su Oh (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Stephanie Sheh ... Lee Soo-ah (voice: English version) (uncredited)
Kirk Thornton ... Park Cheol-woong (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Kari Wahlgren ... Hypnotist (voice: English version) (uncredited)

Directed by
Chan-wook Park 
 
Writing credits
Garon Tsuchiya (story)

Nobuaki Minegishi (comic)

Jo-yun Hwang  screenplay
Chun-hyeong Lim  screenplay
Joon-hyung Lim  writer
Chan-wook Park  screenplay

Produced by
Dong-Joo Kim .... producer
Dong-ju Kim .... executive producer
Seung-yong Lim .... producer
 
Original Music by
Yeong-wook Jo 
 
Cinematography by
Chung-hoon Chung 
 
Film Editing by
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Production Design by
Seong-hie Ryu 
 
Costume Design by
Sang-gyeong Jo 
 
Sound Department
Alex Gordon .... adr engineer
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
C. Jin Im .... main titles supervisor
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Jeon-hyeong Lee .... visual effects
Ju-won Lee .... digital compositor
Il Hwan Na .... digital compositor
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Rennie .... gaffer
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Music Department
Seung-hyun Choi .... composer: theme music
Yeong-wook Jo .... director of music
Ji-soo Lee .... composer: theme music
Hyun-jung Shim .... composer: theme music
 
Other crew
Damien Saccani .... development executive
Phill Zagajewski .... stage manager
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Oldeuboi" - South Korea (original title)
"Old Boy" - International (English title) (DVD title)
"Old Boy" - Japan (English title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language
Runtime:
120 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
The recurring painting on the wall of Oh Dae-Su's confinement complex is "The Man of Sorrow" by Belgium painter James Ensor.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Woo-jin Lee is searching through the Internet for the word "Evergreen", you can see that the high school website already has been visited on that computer because the link is highlighted in purple colors.See more »
Quotes:
Woo-jin Lee:You want to torture me, but I can simply kill myself first. Do you want revenge, or do you want the truth?See more »
Movie Connections:
References Ichi the Killer (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
WaltzSee more »

FAQ

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296 out of 440 people found the following review useful.
One of most well-made films I've ever seen, 21 April 2007
Author: max8791 from United States

I decided to check this movie out after Ebert's 4 star rave review, and the cult status this movie has received (and was also intrigued by the sexy-looking Ultimate Edition), so I decided to rent it. I was VERY surprised at how different it was than I expected it to be - I expected a ton of violence and not much in the way of writing or acting. The first time I saw it, I wasn't blown away, just kind of like whatever.

When I watched it for the second time, however, I really started to notice how well it's made, in addition to liking it more. Every shot is bursting with background detail, a great amount of attention on the production design (the theme of a certain color in a scene was restrained, yet perfectly balanced). The actors really gave it all, especially the 2 male leads who really blew me away. The music is a varied mix of beautiful classical music and some pretty cool techno. The screenplay is brilliant; the characters are developed very well, extremely complex, and the plot is not only ingenious, but the payoff and twists are 1000x better than any Shamaylan movie.

Simply put, from a technical point of view, it's one of the best movies ever. From a critic's point of view, it is a very well-done movie that goes a little overboard in sex and violence, and is just a little strange.

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