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Oldboy

Movie
2003
2h 0m
R
Korean
Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action
User Score: 
8.4
Critic Score: 
79
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With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Oldboy Poster

Oldboy

R
Movie
2003
2h 0m
Korean
Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Action
With no clue how he came to be imprisoned, drugged and tortured for 15 years, a desperate businessman seeks revenge on his captors.
Rating
WATCHMODE
8.4
IMDB
Oldboy (2003) on IMDb
CRITIC SCORE
79

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Choi Minsik
Oh Dae-su
Yoo Jitae
Lee Woo-jin
Ji Daehan
No Joo-hwan
Oh Dalsu
Park Cheol-woong
Yoon Jinseo
Lee Soo-ah
Oh Taekyung
(Young) Dae-su
Yoo Yeonseok
(Young) Woo-jin
Yoo Ilhan
(Young) Joo-hwan
Oh Gwangrok
Suicidal Man (uncredited)
Lee Daeyeon
Beggar (uncredited)
Park Myungshin
Young-ja (uncredited)
Kim Suhyun
Chief Secretary (uncredited)
Yongih
Delivery Man (uncredited)
Seo MyeongSeok
Cigarette Gangster
Mun SeongBok
Woo-Jin's Bodyguard
Kim San
Electronics store
Directed By: Park Chan-wook
Written By: Park Chan-wook (Screenplay), Nobuaki Minegishi (Original Story), + 3 more

Featured Comments/Tips

pillowcase says...
7 years ago
My favourite movie. This has so much fighting in it that I don't know what to do, and Choi Min-Sik has become one of my favourite actors. This film is BRUTAL
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Polly Waffle says...
4 years ago
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[spoiler] This movie has left me speechless, no pun intended. The impact of the movie had somewhat of a delayed response, much like Yoo Ji-tae in the elevator. I got off the couch to grab a drink and then felt this instant dread and realisation of what had befell, which is when I knew that is an amazing film. [/spoiler]
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Kizhe-deleted-1584360674 says...
3 years ago
While watching this movie you are going to suffer, but you are going to like it! The story is so disturbing at some point that I had actual nausea watching it and it was the only "good" nausea I had in my life! The shock this gave me was sort of similar to the shock "Predestination" gave me
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drqshadow says...
3 years ago
A Korean action-suspense flick that, like many far-east thrillers, doesn't hesitate to take things well into the realm of the taboo. In a lot of ways that's a blast of fresh air, as no doubt an American version wouldn't have been half as biting, daring or dark, and its dedication to probing the unacceptable makes up a large part of Oldboy's character. It's not those stabs outside the boundaries that bothered me about this one, though, so much as it was the refusal to bask in them for more than a few instants before jolting off in search of new depths. The establishing story is almost perfect, setting the stage with an everyman who's been transformed by fifteen years of unexplained imprisonment, then following his violent, dedicated search for both suspect and reason. It's an act the tangled, overstretched follow-through can't hope to match, even when its mysteries and motivations are finally, confusingly, lain bare. Oldboy deserves recognition for its style, demeanor and intense action scenes, but the plot often veers into weirdness and depravity for unclear reasons that don't always benefit the bigger picture.
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Featured User Reviews

AndrewBloom
CONTAINS SPOILERS9/10  7 years ago
It's easy to call Oldboy a movie about a revenge. It is, after all. Lee Woo-Jin wants revenge on Oh Dae-Su, Oh Dae-Su doesn't realize it for much of the film, but he wants revenge on Lee Woo-Jin. And each man is changed tremendously in the process. Lee Woo-Jin is not the nerdy photographer w More
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Mitzle-deleted-1476635645
10/10  7 years ago
Oldboy is a Fantastic movie! This is a revenge film about a man named Oh Dae-Su, Played brilliantly by Choi Min-sik, who seeks revenge after being trapped in a cell for 15 years. After being released randomly with nothing more than lots of money and a phone, he must find out who did this and why thi More
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Scotsmen
CONTAINS SPOILERS4/10  4 years ago
I'm so lost as to why this movie is widely praised. It's impossible to deny that Park Chan-wook is a stylish director and that this movie has some very impressive, memorable scenes. The hallway scene is famous in film buff circles and rightfully so. It's a memorable and exhilarating set More
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enry_cami
CONTAINS SPOILERS9/10  6 months ago
DISCLAIMER: I did not see this movie in its original language(Korean), but in a dubbed version(Italian). I may have missed some nuances.

I've seen this movie recommended everywhere and, now that I've seen it, I can definitely see why. What an incredible movie! It really captivated me and I think More
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