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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 »
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Did You Know?

The restaurant that Mido works in is called "Mediterranean", which is the name of the restaurant in real life, but the director originally intended for it to be called "Akira" - not as a reference to the popular Manga, but to the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.See more »
Factual errors: Oh Dae-Su states that the maxim, "Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler," is from Proverbs 6:4; these numbers are emphasized shortly afterwards. The saying is actually from Proverbs 6:5.See more »
Woo-jin Lee:What I am isn't important. WHY is important.See more »
Movie Connections:
References King Kong (1933)See more »
WaltzSee more »


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203 out of 295 people found the following review useful.
Freaked me out, 29 July 2007
Author: Genevieve_X from Melbourne, Australia

I haven't written a comment on IMDb for about 3 years but was inspired to with this film. It is not very often that I come across a film by accident (World Movies on cable) and the spend the next day scouring the internet to find out information about it and can't get it out of my head! Anyway, yep there are plot holes, but Old boy borrows a lot from surrealism and you are meant to suspend your disbelief! I don't buy comments when people say "it is so unrealistic because he should've done this ..." because it is a surrealist film and meant to be unrealistic! For me the sign of a good film is if it sticks on your head! THis one surely does (althought I did have to look away a few times ... ) Loved it!!!! Work of cruel genius!!! (HOLLYWOOD - Please don't ruin it by remaking it!!!)

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