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Oldboy (2003)

Oldeuboi (original title)
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After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director:

Chan-wook Park

Writers:

Garon Tsuchiya (story), Nobuaki Minegishi (comic) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Choi Min-sik ... Dae-su Oh
Yoo Ji-Tae ... Woo-jin Lee
Hye-jeong Kang ... Mi-do
Kim Byeong-Ok ... Mr. Han
Dae-han Ji Dae-han Ji ... No Joo-hwan
Dal-su Oh ... Park Cheol-woong
Seung-shin Lee ... Yoo Hyung-ja (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Jin-Seo Yoon ... Lee Soo-ah
Tae-kyung Oh Tae-kyung Oh ... Young Dae-su
Yeon-Seok Yoo ... Young Woo-Jin (as Ahn Yeon-Seok)
Il-han Oo Il-han Oo ... Young Joo-hwan
Young-hee Lee Young-hee Lee ... Clock Store Lady
Young-ae Kim Young-ae Kim ... Elevator Lady
Mi Mi Lee Mi Mi Lee ... Dental Nurse
Jae-Duk Han Jae-Duk Han ... Night Teacher
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Storyline

Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. There, his invisible and pitiless captors will feed him, clothe him, and sedate him to avert a desperate suicide--and as his only companion and a window to the world is the TV in his stark cell--the only thing that helps Oh Dae-Su keep going is his daily journal. Then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. However, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? Written by Nick Riganas

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15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violence including scenes of torture, sexuality and pervasive language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

According to the cast commentary, Choi Min-sik 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 »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

Woo-jin Lee: I'm going to kill every woman you love until you die. You're notorious for not protecting your women.
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Alternate Versions

Chan-wook Park stated on his solo DVD commentary that there is an edited version for television broadcast. It omits some of the more extreme violence and the love scene between Oh Dae Su and Mi-do. See more »

Connections

Remade as Oldboy (2013) See more »

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Bring My Love
by Starsailor
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Pass by the "Boo" comments.
6 September 2007 | by tetsuoisleetSee all my reviews

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.

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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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Official Sites:

Official site [Russia]

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean

Release Date:

21 November 2003 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$68,957, 27 March 2005

Gross USA:

$707,481

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$15,002,116
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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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