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Oldboy breaks into a classic three-act saga, the first of which details the hallucinatory period of imprisonment in which Oh Dae-Su wades from mild insanity to outright psychosis in the hands of unseen yet attentive captors. Act 2 is the revenge, when an entirely different tone takes over and Oh Dae-Su moves with single-minded purpose and clarity. It's this section that has gained the most notoriety, primarily for the claw-hammer dentistry scene, the one-man-army tracking shot, and the wriggling octopus that Oh Dae-Su consumes in a sushi bar (he's been dead so long he simply needs life back inside him in any way possible). In act 3, answers finally start to emerge and the sinister atmosphere grows even more profound--not without a healthy dose of extra bloodletting, of course. Oldboy is an undeniably poetic masterpiece of tension, fury, and dynamic craft. Ultimately, its epic cycle of tragedy is of the sort that mankind has been inflicting upon itself for all time. Some of the images may be gruesome, but all converge into a kind of beauty. It's in the telling of this lurid tale that these details become one and the memories of pain ultimately heal. --Ted Fry
- Commentary from director Chan-wook Park and cinematographer Jeong-hun Jeong
- Interview with director Chan-wook Park
- Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
- "Oldboy"/IFILM.com DVD trailer contest winner
- Trailers for other Tartan Asia Extreme DVDs
Top Customer Reviews
Chan-wook Park directs a brilliant cinematic experience that is full of well-written conspiring intrigues that will keep the audience in suspense. The suspense is initiated in the opening shot where a man is hanging over the edge of a roof top causing the audience to asks themselves--why is this happening? The suspense continues as new and mysterious clues appears, but apprehension does not leave the audience even after the end of the film as the final line echos in the minds of the audience. Park's vision of revenge in Oldboy often depicts exaggerated violence that is well balanced with story as it is related to the themes of the film. However, this should serve as a warning to squeamish folks as the film is occasionally brutal and bizarre. Furthermore, the cinematography used in Oldboy vividly projects the emotional tone of the cinematic themes and characters. The characters are also superbly performed by an excellent cast, which will help the audience to experience a first class cinematic event.
Finally, you get not only a 35mm film strip encased in a nice cardboard sleeve, you get a miniaturized graphic novel of the original similarly titled Japanese Manga that the film was based off of. If you've seen the special edition of Sin City that came with the Hard Goodbye graphic novel, it's just like that except its printed in reverse and you have to read it from back cover to front like you would with an actual Japanese book!Read more ›
Oldboy is the director's second film in his revenge trilogy that started off with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance in 2002.
Oldboy starts off with the main character Dae Su Oh drunk and being held in a police station, but is soon bailed by his friend. The credits kick off when he is talking to his daughter in aphone booth telling her he got her a birthday preasent, his friend then talks to his wife on the phone, he calls Dae Su to the phone but is nowhere to be seen, the only thing that is left behind is the bag that he was carrying his daughter's birthday preasent in. This is when we find out he's been kidnapped, and he has no idea why he is being locked up, but while locked up he has a TV in his room that he says is your only friend, clock , and lover, on this TV he finds out that he is a wanted fugitive for killing his wife. He then builds a plan of getting out and get his revenge on the person who did this to him. 15 years later he is free and is given new clothes and a cell phone, the man who did this to him is giving him five days to find out why he was imprisoned for 15 years, so 15 years of being curious wouldn't go to waste.
That is what I can tell you about the plot but don't want to spoil a brilliant twist that will force you to watch it a second time. This film has the energetic directing and storyline of a Quentin Tarrentino film, and has one of the best and possibly the best fight scene of all time. This film might not appeal to everyone but it certainly is a film you must watch before you die. This film is followed by Lady Vengance and is the final film in this revenge trilogy.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Good movie. Did not purchase for me but, but the person I bought it for did love it!Published 21 days ago by A. Green
One of the most astonishing revenge films that I have ever seen. I do know that here in the U.S. they did a remake of this....but I won't watch it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Russell S
While very disturbing, the story line and acting are spot-on. Once again the Korean entertainment industry is one of the best in the world.Published 2 months ago by Huseomar
Well, that's two hours I'll never get back. What a completely stupid and terrible movie.Published 2 months ago by Senor Nahual
This edition has low quality video that doesn't surpass the dvd. Not all of the special features have English subtitles. I like the box the disk comes in though. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Kuro
Sick, stupid film about brother sister incest, with facile, but even sicker, non-surprise ending. What a complete and utter waste of time.Published 3 months ago by Al Andalus