There are a lot of interesting movies that have been made during 2003, like Oldboy. The director is Chan-wook Park, who also directed Stoker and Thirst. The movie was also written by Garon Tsuchiya, who was a manga writer. The setting takes place in Seoul, South Korea. The first thing that was striking about the movie was the setting of the story which is extremely grotesque, but very interesting to watch at the same time.
Release Date: November 21, 2003
Running Time: 120 minutes
Country: South Korea
Movie Rating (IMDb) : 8.4/10
Cast And Crew :
Director by: Park Chan-wook
Written by: Garon Tsuchiya
Production Company: Show East and Egg Films
- Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su
- Oh Tae-kyung as young Dae-su
- Yoo Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin
- Yoo Yeon-seok as young Woo-jin
- Kang Hye-jung as Mi-do
- Ji Dae-han as No Joo-hwan
- Woo Il-han as young Joo-hwan
- Kim Byeong-ok as Mr. Han
- Yoon Jin-seo as Lee Soo-ah
- Oh Dal-su as Park Cheol-woong
In this post, we explore the cultural delicacy that is the influential cult classic Korean film “Oldboy”. The plot is set up in such a way where it seems like it has endless possibilities. Protagonist’s (Choi Min-sik as Dae-su Oh) finds himself convicted of a crime he obviously did not commit and is sentenced to what he assumes will be a life sentence. The film is known for its graphic violence and taboo scenes such as when protagonist eats live octopus or when he is given a love scene with his daughter and his mother at the same time by a group of prostitutes. Since its release, the film has attracted a large fan base worldwide except the US and has even inspired many other entertainment avenues. The dark plot, mysterious plot twists, and highly influential storyline have helped to make “Oldboy” such a success.
Is the movie worth watching ?
Definitely. If you are up for something new and different, give this film a try. I have read plenty of other reviews, and even some people who have seen the film multiple times mention that they discover something new with each viewing. This is a great movie to see with others because the film’s downfall is hard to follow. It takes a lot of thought to stay on top of all the plot twists, and most people aren’t going to want to sit back and think about everything that happens in the movie. Cinematic techniques and storytelling techniques are more effective when you are passively watching the movie and can enjoy what you are seeing.
My reviews on this korean movie:
“Oldboy” i’s a very good movie, with a lot of action and violence. But the ending is not entirely satisfying when you think about it. I like this movie because it has an intelligent plot and nice characters. Watching this movie is like reading a good novel. There are some scenes that seem to stop for no reason and I don’t know why. The ending is not entirely satisfying but the whole story has been well told here after all. I recommend this to anyone who likes action movies with interesting stories that can be watched many times over again (I’ve seen this 3 times already after watching it only once).
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