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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.

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Dae-su Oh
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Woo-jin Lee
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Mi-do
Dae-han Ji ...
No Joo-hwan
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Park Cheol-woong
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Mr. Han
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Yoo Hyung-ja (as Seung-Shin Lee)
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Lee Soo-ah
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Beggar
Kwang-rok Oh ...
Suicidal Man
Tae-kyung Oh ...
Young Dae-su
Yeon-Seok Yoo ...
Young Woo-Jin (as Ahn Yeon-Seok)
Il-han Oo ...
Young Joo-hwan
Su-hyeon Kim
Seung-jin Lee
Su-kyeong Yun
Myung-shin Park
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Dae-han Chi
Yi Yong ...
Delivery Boy
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Young Dae-su (uncredited) (voice)
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Beautician (uncredited) (voice)
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Woo-jin Lee (uncredited) (voice)
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Newscaster / Cop 1 (uncredited) (voice)
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Mi-do (uncredited) (voice)
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Dae-su Oh (uncredited) (voice)
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Lee Soo-ah (uncredited) (voice)
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Park Cheol-woong (uncredited) (voice)
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Hypnotist (uncredited) (voice)

Directed by

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Chan-wook Park

Written by

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Garon Tsuchiya ... (story)
 
Nobuaki Minegishi ... (comic)
 
Chan-wook Park ... (character created by: Oldboy, Vengeance Trilogy)
 
Chan-wook Park ... (screenplay)
 
Joon-hyung Lim ... (screenplay) (as Chun-hyeong Lim)
 
Jo-yun Hwang ... (screenplay)

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Jae-Duk Han ... line producer
Dong-Joo Kim ... producer
Dong-ju Kim ... executive producer
Syd Lim ... producer (as Seung-yong Lim)

Music by

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Yeong-wook Jo

Cinematography by

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Chung-hoon Chung

Film Editing by

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Sang-beom Kim

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Jae-Min Han ... film telecine
Yong-gi Lee ... colorist

Production Design by

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Seong-hie Ryu

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Seong-hie Ryu

Set Decoration by

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Hong-sam Yang

Costume Design by

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Sang-gyeong Jo

Sound Department

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Alex Gordon ... adr engineer
Seung-cheol Lee ... sound

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C. Jin Im ... main titles supervisor
Sung-jin Jung ... visual effects supervisor
Jeon Hyoung Lee ... visual effects (as Jeon-hyeong Lee)
Ju-won Lee ... digital compositor
Il Hwan Na ... digital compositor

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Andy Rennie ... gaffer

Music Department

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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

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Tom Chen ... publicist: u.s.
Damien Saccani ... development executive
Gyeong-eun Seo ... comic book artist: Oldboy
Yu-Gyeong Sin ... marketing
Phill Zagajewski ... stage manager

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Storyline

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Plot Summary

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 avoid committing 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. But 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. Nevertheless, 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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Taglines 15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance See more »
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Additional Details

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Also Known As
  • Oldboy (Japan, English title)
  • Old Boy (World-wide, English title)
  • Oldboy (World-wide, English title)
  • Old Boy (France)
  • Oldboy (Germany)
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Runtime
  • 120 min
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Box Office

Budget $3,000,000 (estimated)
Cumulative Worldwide Gross $14,272,524, 15 Jun 2005

Did You Know?

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Trivia The line on the painting of Dae Su's cell reads "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone." These are the first lines of Ella Wheeler Wilcox's famous poem, "Solitude". See more »
Goofs When Dae-su enters the room of one of his nemises, his computer screen shows information about the stock exchange. The internet address on the screen is: C:/DocumentsandSettings/[...]/#OldBoy#/[...], thus a link to a folder on the computer, rather than an internet address See more »
Movie Connections Edited into Final Cut: Ladies and Gentlemen (2012). See more »
Soundtracks Bring My Love See more »
Quotes Dae-su Oh: Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.
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