Oldboy

"Very Good"

Oldboy Review


According to some insiders, Park Chan-wook's "Oldboy" was just a hair away from winning the 2004 Palm D'Or that eventually wentto Michael Moore's <"Fahrenheit9/11," which is just as well. Now instead of being an international award winner, it's an extremely cool little gemthat can be truly discovered by appreciative fans.

Bringing Asian cult films to a new level, this Korean importtells the hairy, gripping story of an ordinary businessman (Min-sik Choi)who suddenly disappears, having been kidnapped and kept in a single lockedroom for fifteen years without explanation. When he is finally released,he has one thing on his mind: to find out why.

His entire appearance has now changed, which is just onesmall accomplishment in a great performance by Choi. No longer a tubbydrunk in a cheap suit, he's now a lean, haunted, animal-like stoic capableof battling a platoon of bad guys in a long narrow hallway. In one of thefilm's most astonishing scenes, he does just that, with the camera trackingslowly to the right for the entire duration of this several minute-longfight, as the hero pummels his way through his attackers to the elusive exit.

Of course he meets a girl, a sushi chef (Hye-jeong Kang),and at his peculiar request she serves him a live squid (which the actoractually eats). She takes to him immediately and helps him on his quest.I must admit that when "Oldboy's" carefully prepared revengeplot finally reveals itself in the end, I did not see it coming. Even if,for some reason, astute viewers do predict the ending, "Oldboy"still fills the screen with enough show-stopping images to put an entirecircus out of work.



Oldboy

Facts and Figures

Run time: 120 mins

In Theaters: Friday 21st November 2003

Box Office USA: $0.6M

Distributed by: Tartan Films

Production compaines: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks, Vertigo Entertainment, Good Universe, OB Productions

Reviews

Contactmusic.com: 3.5 / 5

Rotten Tomatoes: 80%
Fresh: 107 Rotten: 26

IMDB: 8.4 / 10

Cast & Crew

Director:

Starring: as Joe Doucett, as Marie Sebastian, Samuel L. Jackson as Chaney, as Adrian Pryce, as Daniel Newcombe, as Chucky, as James Prestley, as Bernie Sharkey, Ilfenesh Hadera as Judy, as Young Joe, as Browning, as Dr. Tom Melby, as Edwina Burke, as Stephanie Lee

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