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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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  • 'Old Boy' Remake to Premiere in October

    2013/07/10, Source,
    A poster for the U.S. remake of "Old Boy" featuring lead actor Josh Brolin was unveiled on Monday. Spike Lee has stepped into the director's chair to show audiences his take on Park Chan-wook's 2003 thriller. As Lee suggested his remake will be "even darker" than Park's version, the poster shows Brolin, who assumes the starring role previously inhabited by Choi Min-sik, emerging from a traveling chest -- after spending 20 years locked in a private cell for reasons unknown to him,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] Siblings in Cinema: The RYOO Brothers

    2013/07/06,
    Siblings don't always get along. Even when working within the same field family members often choose to keep their personal and professional lives separate to keep the peace. Personal histories, grudges, and just knowing one another as well as they do can cause friction and frustration in the workplace. Not so though with renowned South Korean actor Ryoo Seung-beom and his moviemaking brother Ryoo Seung-wan. The brothers' most recent effort, "The Berlin File" (2013), marks another successful family collaboration that rocked Korean cinemas earlier this year. The brothers both came into the spotlight with their 2000 début feature "Die Bad"; a collection of four hard-boiled short stories that follows two teenagers and their descent into the violent world of organised crime. The film was written and directed by Seung-wan and stars himself and his younger brother Seung-beom. Seung-wan has sometimes been described as the Korean Tarantino, while his talent younger brother has been likened too the American-Canadian comedy actor Jim Carrey,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Talk] SNOWPIERCER @ 24fps

    2013/06/29,
    Bong Joon-ho's futuristic action epic "Snowpiercer" recently released a spectacular trailer to keep the saliva thick and wanting before the film's Korean release on August 1st. Here I'm going to take you through three sequences from that amazing trailer, and share some thoughts on what to expect from one of the most antcipated films of the year. In 2004, Bong reportedly came across the French comic book Le Transperceneige and read the entire series right there in the store. He shared his enthusiasm with fellow Korean director Park Chan-wook ("Old Boy", "Stoker") whose production company Moho Films secured the rights to it the following year. The film is a transnational exhibition that boasts a number of international talents in front of and behind the camera. Korean cinematographer Hong Kyeong-pyo ("Taegukgi", "Mother - 2009", "The Good, the Bad, the Weird") and all-star Korean actor Song Kang-ho ("The Host", "Memories of Murder", "Secret Sunshine") are among an orchestra of creative personalities who brought their impressive cinematic talents into the mix,...More
  • [HanCinema's Film Review] Park Chan-wook's "Stoker"

    2013/05/18,
    After the mysterious death of her father on her 18th birthday, India Stoker (Mia Wasikowska) is introduced to the uncle she never knew existed. The funeral comes and goes; yet her mother (Evelyn played by Nicole Kidman) is still adamant in keeping Uncle Charlie (Matthew Goode) around for emotional support at their large country estate. India herself is a creepy young woman who wouldn't look out of place in the Adam's Family. She regards her handsome and chivalrous uncle with strong suspicion and silently contemplates his motives and timely appearance in her life. The young teenager's relationship with her father was strong (mostly remembered through flashbacks of their hunting trips together) and overshadowed/marginalised her connection to her mother. As India watches Charlie and Evelyn's relationship become increasingly inappropriately, the dark echoes of her family history take hold and develops into a frightening new chapter for her and her kin,...More
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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
 Seok Min-woo (석민우)
 Assistant director
 Baek Jong-yeol (백종열)
 Production department
 Yong-ih (용이)
 Titles
Technics
120 min 35mm Cinemascope (2.35)
Web site
www.oldboy2003.co.kr...
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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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