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Old Boy (올드보이)

올드보이 (Ol-deu-bo-i)

Directed by Park Chan-wook (박찬욱)

Screenplay by ,

Action Drama

120min | Release date in South Korea :

One day in 1988, an ordinary man named OH Dae-su, who lives with his wife and adorable daughter, is kidnapped and later wakes up to find himself in a private makeshift prison. Dae-su makes numerous attempts to escape and to commit suicide, but they all end up in failure. All the while Dae-su asks himself what made a man hate him so much enough to imprison him without any reason. While suffering from his debacle, Dae-su becomes shocked when he watches the news and hears that his beloved wife was brutally murdered. At this very moment, Dae-su swears to take revenge on the man who destroyed his happy life.
Fifteen years have passed and Dae-su is released with a wallet filled with money and a mobile phone. An unknown man calls Dae-su and asks him to figure out why he was imprisoned. In front of bewildered Dae-su, a girl named Mido appears and she promises to help him seek vengeance after hearing about his 15 years in confinement. With Mido¡¯s help, Dae-su begins to trace the guy and finally encounters the private prison where he discovers a cassette tape, which only says... "OH Dae-su talks too much¡¦¡± While Dae-su and Mido¡¯s search goes on, Dae-su finally runs face to face with his kidnapper. The culprit says there will be no way to find out the reason of his imprisonment if Dae-su kills him now. Instead, he proposes a game. He tells Dae-su that if he discovers the reason for his imprisonment in five days, then he will kill himself. If not, he will kill Mido. Only five days are given to Dae-su to find out the reason behind the guy¡¯s grudge against Dae-su. While doing so, hidden secrets about Dae-su and Mido's relationship are revealed.

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 Produced by
 Kim Dong-joo (김동주)
Production
Showeast (쇼이스트)
Distribution
Showeast (쇼이스트)
International sales
CineClickAsia (CineClickAsia)
Staff
 Lee Gye-byeok (이계벽)
 Assistant director
 Jo Yeong-wook (조영욱)
 Musician
 Kim Sang-beom (김상범)
 Editor
 Kim Jae-beom (김재범)
 Editor
 Jeong Sik (정식)
 Production department
 Ryoo Seong-hee (류성희)
 Art director
 Lee Jeon-ho (이전호)
 Poster designer
 Yong-ih (용이)
 Trailer
 Yi Keun-Woo (이근우)
 Production department
 Baek Dong-hyeon (백동현)
 Martial arts team
Technics
120 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
Web site
www.oldboy2003.co.kr...
Videos
Trailer
Trailer
Music video
On the set video
On the set video
Festival(s) & award(s)
Sales or release dates & Box Office
Airing dates : 2003/11/21
South Korean Box Office
Source : www.cine21.com & www.kobis.or.kr
As of 2013.11.24 : 305 070 admissions (total)
 Scandinavia 
 France 
 United Kingdom 
 Belgium 
 Netherlands 
 Japan 
 Australia 
 New Zealand 
 Luxembourg 
 Korea, South - 2003/11/21

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you said MasterPiece? by HCG

y
es i said M.A.S.T.E.R.P.I.E.C.E.

this movie is a real masterpiece. everything in it has been thoughtfully planned. the choice of actors is perfect. actors are amazing.
Choi Min Sik performance is absolutely outstanding. he's my favorite Korean actor so far...
i also love the storyline, the vengeance, the visual composition, the choice of colors.... the red is used very thoughtfully in this production.
it's an absolute must-see. if you havent seen yet please do. you wont regret it.

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One of the best movies ever made!
2011-08-03 08:01:58
2009-10-24 03:35:58
it was a so great movie ,one of my favorites , I feel the diroctor is Asian Tarantino
Oldboy & the host have shown a way for filmmakers to brave that first step & take a chance, hollywood is producing nothing but jack shit at the moment where fat executives change storylines & actors to accommodate popular trends, but there mis
2008-07-02 07:25:58
2007-09-15 06:11:21
Great movie, I specially liked the raw violent of it. Just like Tarantino movies. Amazing scenario and Outstanding performances by the Actors. A true 5 STAR movie
any filipino out here except me??? hello guys from all over the world..i idolize this actor
2007-06-15 06:01:13
2007-06-10 15:01:15
OUTSTANDING Actors Actress MASTER Director BEST Script
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