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Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean thriller film.

It is based loosely on the Japanese manga of the same name written by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. Oldboy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.

The film follows the story of one Oh Dae-su, who is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.

Oldboy, the gruesome thriller that made Park’s name, has risen again in October 2013 in the form of Spike Lee’s US remake. Written by Mark Protosevich, the film stars Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, and Sharlto Copley. The film was released on November 27, 2013. It was the last film to be distributed by FilmDistrict, before Focus Features absorbed the company in October 2013. It received a mixed reception from both critics and audiences, with praise towards the acting and visual style, but criticism for the comparisons to the original and adding nothing new to the film. The film was a box office bomb, being one of Lee's worst-performing films of his directing career. more here

Full Cast:

Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su; Yoo Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin: The man behind Oh Dae-su's imprisonment; Kang Hye-jung as Mi-do: Dae-su's love interest; Ji Dae-han as No Joo-hwan: Dae-su's friend and the owner of an internet café; Kim Byeong-ok as Mr. Han: Bodyguard of Woo-jin; Oh Tae-kyung as Young Dae-su; Woo Il-han as Young Joo-hwan; Yoon Jin-seo as Lee Soo-ah, Woo-jin's sister; Oh Dal-su as Park Cheol-woong, the private prison's manager; Ahn Yeon-seok as young Woo-jin; Dae-yeon Lee as Beggar ; Kwang-rok Oh as Suicidal Man

Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su


Choi Min-sik (born January 22, 1962) is a South Korean actor.

Choi Min-shik first made a name for himself in theater before breaking into the film world with a role in Park Chong-won's acclaimed film 'Our Twisted Hero' (1997).

In the mid-nineties he continued to act in theater productions as well as in several TV dramas, including Moon Over Seoul with Han Seok-gyu.

1997 marked his return to motion pictures, with a role as a tough-talking police investigator in Song Neung-han's No. 3 (1997).

His biggest role came in 1999, when he was cast in Korea's most successful film ever, Swiri (1999).

His portrayal of a North Korean agent garnered him much praise and a Best Actor Award from the 1999 domestic Grand Bell Awards.

After starring in a theater production of Hamlet in spring of 1999, Choi took on the role of a husband who discovers his wife's infidelity in Haepi-endeu (1999), and in early 2001 starred as a third-rate gangster opposite Hong Kong actress Cecilia Cheung in the acclaimed Failan (2001). (MORE) (FILMOGRAPHY HERE)


Yoo Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin


Yoo Ji-tae (born April 13, 1976) is a South Korean actor and director. Yoo Ji-tae in a very short time rose to become a major actor in Korean film.

In the year 2000, with a series of hit films, widely-seen TV appearances, and a career in modeling, Yoo was more constantly in the limelight than any other actor.

( Career - Personal life - Filmography HERE )


Kang Hye-jung as Mi-do


Kang Hye-jung (born January 4, 1982) is a South Korean actress.

Kang Hye-jung began working as a model in her first year of high school, and throughout the late 1990s she appeared in small roles in TV dramas and sitcoms such as Jump and Nonstop 3.

Her first film role was in Moon Seung-wook's arthouse/sci-fi film Nabi, for which she won a Best Actress award at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival.

Following this she appeared in a short film by Song Il-gon titled Flash as well as an internet film Naebang-nebang. ( MORE )


Movie`s Curiosities

Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene with Dae-su in the sushi bar, a scene which provoked some controversy abroad. Eating live octopus in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew


The telephone number (08-6600330) which is supposed to go to Oh Dae-su's daughter's foster parents home in Sweden, actually has been "shut down requested by the owner of the number" (that's what the voice says when you call the number). But you are referred to another number (08-54589400) which goes to "The Embassy of the Republic of Korea" in Stockholm, Sweden


Choi's impassioned and cool acting in Oldboy caused his popularity in Korea to soar, and made his name known to many overseas viewers


Choi Min-sik lost and gained weight for his role depending on the filming schedule, trained for six weeks and did most of his stunt work


One Cannes regular described Oldboy as a Tarantino movie that Tarantino would be afraid to make


"Old Boy" premiered at the 57th Cannes Film Festival, where the jury, chaired by Quentin Tarantino, awarded Oldboy the Grand Prix


For its domestic theatrical run "Oldboy" appeared on 45 screens and took in a total of 3,269,000 admissions. The film became the 4th highest grossing film for all domestic films and the 6th highest grossing for all films screened in South Korea in 2003


Spike Lee has signed on to take up the task of remaking the South Korean film Oldboy .

This film is beloved by many not for it's brutal depiction of vengeance, but for it's depth of human emotions betrayed through director's Park Chan-wook lens.

Roy Lee ( The Ring, The Grudge, Dark Water ) is producing the film and it will be scripted solely by Mark Protosevich ( The Cell, I Am Legend ).

The team has promised to keep the soul of the movie, but some changes were made including changing the title from OldBoy to Old Boy . MORE

Film Fesitvals

2012 (11th) New York Asian Film Festival - June 29-July 15, 2012 - Choi Min-Sik Mr. Vengenance


2004 (24th) Critics Choice Awards - November

Best Film

Best Director

Best Actor (Choi Min-Sik)

Best New Actress (Kang Hye-Jeong)

Best Music

Oldboy Movie Quotes

Dae-su Oh

Laugh and the world laughs with you. Cry and you cry alone.

When the melody turns on, gas comes out. When the gas comes out, I fall asleep. I found out later it's the same Valium gas the Russians used on those Chechen terrorists.

Anyone here with an AB blood type, raise your hand.

As I expected, I can't get along with anyone today either.

Erasing my memory and telling me to find the truth was cowardly. I won. So die like you promised.

Please. Don't tell Mido. What has she done wrong? You know it was all my fault... I have committed an unforgivable sin, against your sister. And I also... Did you wrong. But, please leave Mido alone... If by any chance Mido finds out the truth, you son of a bitch, I'll tear you limb from limb. And your remains will never be found. Why? Because I'm going to swallow every last bit.

I thought I'd lived a simple life. But I've sinned too much

The TV is both a clock and a calendar. It's your school, your home, your church, your friend... [Dae-su masturbates to a pop star onscreen] ... and your lover. But... my lover's song is too short.

If they had told me it was going to be fifteen years, would it have been easier to endure?

Even though I'm no better than a beast, don't I have the right to live?

Can fifteen years of imaginary training really be put to use? [Dae-su fights a gang of thugs] Apparently, it can.

Woo-jin Lee

Remember this: "Be it a rock or a grain of sand, in water they sink as the same."

What I am isn't important. Why is important.

You really are the very monster I created, aren't you? But you won't find out the "why" of this if you kill me. Fifteen years of being curious would go to waste.

I'm going to kill every woman you love until you die. You're notorious for not protecting your women.

Your gravest mistake wasn't failing to find the answer. You can't find the right answer if you ask the wrong questions.

Oh Dae-su talks too much.

Your tongue got my sister pregnant! It wasn't Woo-jin Lee's dick; it was Dae-su Oh's tongue!

And now... now, what joy will I have left to live for?

How's life in a bigger prison, Dae-su?

Cho Young-Wuk - Oldboy Soundtrack:

Oldboy Soundtrack album by Cho Young-Wuk was released Feb 15, 2011 on the Milan label. Composer: Cho Young-Wuk.


1. Look Who's Talking

2. Somwhere in the Night

3. The Count of Monte Cristo

4. Jailhouse Rock

5. In a Lonely Place

6. It's Alive!

7. The Searchers

8. Look Back in Anger

9. Four Seasons [Concerto RV 297 Winter in F Minor 1ST Movement: ..]

10. Room at the Top

11. Cries and Whispers

12. Out of Sight

13. For Whom the Bell Tolls

14. Out of the Past

15. Breathless

16. The Old Boy

17. Dressed to Kill

18. Frantic

19. Cul-De-Sac

20. Kiss Me Deadly

21. Point Blank

22. Farewell, My Lovely

23. The Big Sleep

24. The Last Waltz

The music of the film is divine. Director Chan-wook Park and composer Yeong-wook Jo use a full orchestra and discrete electronica (loosely coupled to the former), to give a precise sonic analogue of the emotional and physical transformations of all film characters.

As the main character of the film, Oh Dae-Su, struggles in vain to get out of each dead-end both in his mind and body, the strings weave bleak melodies that seem to follow a downward spiral staircase, so as to eventually be lost to the darkness, in which a worn mind resides after 15 years of mental and physical captivity.

During the hyper-violent scenes of the film, the music is either strings endorsing romantic waltzes or low-beat psychedelic electronica, providing a superb controversy.

As all characters – captor, pawns and the protagonist – pretentiously think they have control over their mind, their lives and the lives of others, strings, synths and piano stand behind the interrogator’s light, gradually revealing to all that their proclaimed control over situations and people is in multiples of fading grey.

Some string themes are repeated throughout the film/soundtrack, only to remind that what was thought as true is false and that the escape for all parties is not in bright colors.

As the inevitable end is closing in, the tension in the arrangements and the nature of the melodies of the strings increases proportionally and eventually wears off to calm waltzes.Catharsis has been served. MORE


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