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Oldboy (2003) More at IMDbPro »Oldeuboi (original title)

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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 »
15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance See more »
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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24 wins & 14 nominations See more »
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  (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 (as Seung-Shin Lee)

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
Syd Lim .... producer (as Seung-yong Lim)
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
Jae-Min Han .... film telecine
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
Tom Chen .... publicist: u.s.
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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Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language
120 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

According to the cast commentary, Min-sik Choi wanted the cameraman to follow his legs when playing with the toy wings. He was trying to do a "moonwalk" originally done by Michael Jackson.See more »
Revealing mistakes: In the scene when Woo-jin Lee was pulling Lee Soo-ah's hand on the bridge, there was an angle that showed Lee Soo-ah's dummy stunt double.See more »
Mr. Park:You see, they say that people shrivel up because they have an imagination. So, don't imagine anything, you'll become brave as hell.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Big Bad Wolves (2013)See more »
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477 out of 770 people found the following review useful.
Pass by the "Boo" comments., 6 September 2007
Author: tetsuoisleet from Germany

After going through the comments, i must say i'm impressed how many people out there don't have a slightest clue of beauty or intelligent screenplays. there are so many comments from people that totally disliked the movie. which is plain and simple not possible, if you got an open mind and a open heart (and are not drunk). I would compare it to chocolate. You may find it too sweet and prefer bitter chocolate. or you like white chocolate more. Or you got diabetes and can only sometimes eat one. But people that totally dislike chocolate scare me to death. Same goes for Oldboy, you gotta admit some of the genius art-form it contains. Its everything in there. Its heartwarming , disgusting, intelligent, beautiful and lead with outstanding performance of any actor . You HAVE to like something, cause it wont get much better. Its chocolate. If you disliked the movie so much and on a constant basis, why even bother to write a comment? My guess is you just could not follow the movie at all. which is my only guess actually. well enough rambling.

:::::::::: Bottom Line :::::::::

If you call common sense, and a human heart your own and like "challenging" movies, go and see it NOW.(i recommend the original korean version with subs)I also recommend the pre- and sequel to this movie. (just browse Chan Wook Park) If you think "The Fast and the Furious" is the best movie ever made, please do not even bother to watch Oldboy, and spare others your "brilliant" reviews.

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