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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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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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20 wins & 12 nominations See more »
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User Reviews:
If only we were all living in Asia.... 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)
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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
Runtime:
120 min
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Trivia:
Based on Japanese Manga "Oldboy" by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya.See more »
Goofs:
Incorrectly regarded as goofs: 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 »
Quotes:
Dae-su Oh:Revenge is good for your health, but pain will find you again.See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Life Is Cool (2008)See more »
Soundtrack:
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427 out of 567 people found the following review useful.
If only we were all living in Asia...., 19 December 2007
Author: nils meester from Netherlands

To start off; This is the one and only film that kept me quiet for a whole 5 mins after seeing it. I literally couldn't close my mouth, and yet there wasn't any sound coming out of it. Oldboy had such an impact on me that words are too little to describe that impact. Therefore this film is definitely in my top 3 films ever made. It belongs there because it has a massive ingredient that a lot of films seem to miss out on; a divine plot. Even though the acting and screenplay are world class, the plot is really the cherry on the cake.

When it comes to screenplay Park Chan-Wook is unique (at least for western standards) in his way of filming. The colours are so vivid and it seems like he wanted every shot to be a piece of art. One tip: If you like the shooting in 'Oldboy', have a look at 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance', the third part in Park's revenge-trilogy. It's even superior to the camera-work in 'Oldboy'. Don't, however, expect a story like Oldboy's, because you would be very disappointed.

When it comes to acting and the music, this film is also one of the better films ever made. The music sticks in your head and every time I put in my Oldboy-DVD and the theme-song comes up, I'm just flooded with good memories (even though the plot doesn't have a single reason to be happy about). The characters are also presented very well by the outstanding cast. Especially Choi Min-Sik and Yu Ji-Tae set a very convincing performance.

I really appreciate this film being respected as it should be, by having a place in the top 250. If, however, it was up to me it would be even higher in the ranking. I don't see why films like 'The Usual Suspects' or 'Memento', which are fantastic pieces of film-making and which without a doubt deserve a place in the top 250, are higher in the top 250 than 'Oldboy'. They serve the same cause; a fantastic plot. But those plots can't stand in the shadow or even come close to the plot of 'Oldboy'. The one and only reason is that those two films are better known and from a western production company. If we were all living in Asia, no doubt 'Oldboy' would be in the top 20 of all time.

My advice to people who haven't watched this film yet: Go see it! This is definitely a must- see. If you have a weak stomach, pull yourself together and still watch it. Don't be as shallow as a lot of people here tend to be. Look beyond the violence and see the things I mentioned before: world class acting, cinematography, music and last but certainly not least the plot. Once you've opened yourself up you'll find a whole new world of cinema. Enjoy!

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