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Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for twenty years without reason.


Spike Lee


Garon Tsuchiya (manga), Nobuaki Minegishi (manga) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Brolin ... Joe Doucett
Elizabeth Olsen ... Marie Sebastian
Sharlto Copley ... Adrian / The Stranger
Samuel L. Jackson ... Chaney
Michael Imperioli ... Chucky
Pom Klementieff ... Haeng-Bok
James Ransone ... Dr. Tom Melby
Max Casella ... James Prestley
Linda Emond ... Edwina Burke
Elvis Nolasco ... Cortez
Rami Malek ... Browning
Lance Reddick ... Daniel Newcombe
Hannah Ware ... Donna Hawthorne
Richard Portnow ... Bernie Sharkey
Hannah Simone ... Stephanie Lee


An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement. When he is inexplicably released, he embarks on an obsessive mission to discover who orchestrated his punishment, only to find he is still trapped in a web of conspiracy and torment. Written by FilmDistrict

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Ask not why you were imprisoned. Ask why you were set free.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong brutal violence, disturbing images, some graphic sexuality and nudity, and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Release Date:

27 November 2013 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oldboy See more »

Filming Locations:

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA


Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$885,382, 27 November 2013, Limited Release

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | Datasat | SDDS



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Josh Brolin personally created the title artwork. See more »


When Joe and Adrian are walking down a hallway to get Joe's daughter, the hallway is bathed in red lighting. The lighting is no longer red after they open a door and they're seen from another camera angle. See more »


Chaney: [as Joe straps him down and interrogates him with a knife blade] Wait. What?
Joe Doucett: Hold still...
Chaney: Cocksucker!
[Joe continues to cut his neck]
Chaney: Ow! Ow! Motherfucker. OW! SHIT!
Joe Doucett: [smirks] Heh, heh.
Joe Doucett: No, fuck you!
[Joe cuts him more]
Chaney: OH! YOU BOOGER-EATING, PISS-DRINKING MOTHERFUCKER! If you stop now you may get out of here alive!
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Remake of Oldeuboi (2003) See more »


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Written and performed by Bruce Hornsby
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People hate when a classic is remade, but this one is great!
14 February 2014 | by suws1See all my reviews

Oldboy is a remake or reimagination of the 2003 korean movie Oldeuboi. This new version has been badgered by both critics and viewers as a poor, shallow remake, that soils the memory of the original. I disagree. This one was great. The premise is the same as Oldeuboi, a man gets impriosoned for 20 years without knowing why, and when he gets out he seeks out vengeance. But its not that linear. The story is filled with mysteries, and keeps making the viewer asking questions, the same questions as the protagonist, despite him not being the most likable man. Why was he impriosioned, who did it, why was he released? Also the story is dark, twisted and leaves a bad taste in your mouth. A great story, a great mystery. The acting was very good, Josh Brolin does a very nice job, as does Sharlto Copley as the main antagonist. But the movie isn't without flaws. In my opinion the 20 years feel a little bit fast-paced, and don't feel like 20 years but maybe as 20 months. And some product placement was unnecessary. But overall great movie, unworthy of all the hate it has received. On a personal note, I have watched the original, and I liked this one very much. Everyone is comparing this one with the original, and I think that's a mistake. This is a new movie, a new take on the same premise, it has some homages to the original, and that's it. The original was brilliant, but it wasn't without flaw, and neither is this one.If you hate when someone makes a remake of a cult classic you love and you're not open to a new vision on that movie, stay away from this one. If you just love movies, and if you want to watch a great remake, a great reimagination, I think you will enjoy this very much.

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