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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:
20 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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(121 articles)
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User Reviews:
Amazing Movie See more (758 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
 
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
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120 min
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Trivia:
During the scene in the cyber cafe, the extras in the background are playing the popular first person shooter Half-Life: Counter-Strike (2000) (VG). This is apparent when watching screens and when listening to background noise. You can faintly hear the famous AWP weapon being fired from time to time. You can also notice sounds from StarCraft (1998) (VG) in the background.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: All throughout the hallway fight scene, it is obvious that the goons don't actually kick Dae-Su. Many times they kick him and his body doesn't react, while other times their kicks are even too far from his body that it appears they are kicking air, despite the fact he is motionless on the floor.See more »
Quotes:
Dae-su Oh:Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use?
Dae-su Oh:[Dae-su tries to sexually assault Mi-do and gets clobbered] No. It can't.
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Movie Connections:
References Ichi the Killer (2001)See more »
Soundtrack:
WinterSee more »

FAQ

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147 out of 220 people found the following review useful.
Amazing Movie, 29 August 2007
Author: gdmvy from Bay Area, California

Yes this is a twisted movie with plots that unravel slowly and sometimes there are scenes that are slow. But over all it's incredible. Some of the symbolism behind the scenes are stunning. You have to go deep to appreciate it. There is a lot of gore and violence that can turn you off, but I was simply amazed by the depth and width of some of the scenes.

Without giving anything away, once the main character is released he meets a man with a dog. It's seems to be an irrelevant scene, but put yourself in a cage for 15 years and think about how you would act? What happens to that man? Isn't he also in a cage? Aren't we all? What is the symbolism of that man? How about the dog? Revenge to the main character in this movie is his life. Why? And you don't question it because you know what happened to him. He doesn't question it either.

To me this was one of the greatest depictions of Oedipus or other Greek characters I've seen this decade in a movie. Nothing is new. If you liked "Requiem for a Dream" or "Blue Velvet." Consider this one.

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