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"Laugh, and the world laughs with you. Weep, and you weep alone."
  • R
  • 2003
  • 2 hr
  • 8.3  (630,473)
  • 77

Oldboy is a 2003 South Korean neo-noir action thriller film directed by Park Chan-wook. The movie stars Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-Su, a man who finds himself imprisoned in a hotel room with no explanation or idea of how he got there. After fifteen years of captivity, Dae-Su is suddenly released back into the world with a mission to uncover the truth behind his imprisonment.

Throughout the film, Dae-Su embarks on a harrowing journey of self-discovery and revenge as he tries to unravel the secrets and lies that have hidden his true identity for so long. Along the way, he crosses paths with characters like Lee Woo-jin (Yoo Ji-tae), a wealthy businessman who seems to know more about Dae-Su's captivity than he lets on, and Mi-do (Kang Hye-jeong), a young chef who becomes Dae-Su's ally and love interest.

Park Chan-wook's masterful direction and Choi Min-sik's captivating performance make Oldboy a cinematic tour-de-force that defies easy categorization. It's a film that challenges audiences with its complex storytelling, visceral violence, and unflinching exploration of human morality and revenge.

Oldboy is visually stunning, featuring some of the most memorable and impactful scenes in modern cinema. The film's iconic hallway fight scene, shot in a single take, is a virtuosic feat of choreography and cinematography that leaves viewers breathless. The movie's bold use of color and striking visual imagery heighten the film's themes of imprisonment, isolation, and redemption.

Despite its intense violence and heavy subject matter, Oldboy is a deeply affecting film that asks important questions about the nature of revenge and the limits of the human psyche. It's a movie that stays with viewers long after the credits roll, challenging them to think deeply about the forces that drive us towards violence and the paths we take towards redemption.

In short, Oldboy is a haunting and unforgettable film that pushes the boundaries of what cinema can achieve. Its exploration of themes like revenge, identity, and morality make it a must-see for fans of edgy, thought-provoking cinema.

Oldboy is a 2003 drama with a runtime of 2 hours. It has received mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.3 and a MetaScore of 77.

Where to Watch Oldboy
Oldboy is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Netflix, Apple TV, Amazon and Vudu. Some platforms allow you to rent Oldboy for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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