8:00 PM, 22nd September, 2005
Oldboy opens with a drunken Oh Daesu (Choi Min-Sik) under arrest in a Korean police station. After his release, Oh Daesu is kidnapped. Held in a motel-like cell, he is confined for fifteen years. Watching TV, exercising and listing all the people he has ever wronged, he fails to learn who has captured him or why. Without warning he is released with a cellphone and some cash. Advised that he can either "seek revenge or truth", Oh Daesu goes on the rampage-
On account of his bleak vision, preoccupation with violence and innovative imagination, director Chan-Wook Park has been compared to David Fincher of Se7en fame. Quentin Tarantino was the leading judge of the panel that awarded Oldboy the Grand Jury Prize at Cannes. The twisted plot and operatic savagery in Oldboy bring to mind both manga (the ultra-violent comic book "pornography" of Japan) and Jacobean drama. This controversial and disturbing film will disgust some and thrill others. With multiple plot twists, it is nonetheless guaranteed to surprise everyone.
Oldboy testifies to the truth of the old Roman proverb, homo homini lupus (man is a wolf to man). Relish or look away!!!!!!!