Old Boy

Old Boy (2003)

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Oh Dae Su, was locked in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae Su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls for an attractive sushi chef.

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Dec 22, 2011
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 10
  • Acting/Cast 9.0
  • Music 8.0
  • Rewatch Value 10
Came across the title of this movie somewhere, can't remember now it was a really long time ago, and a group were discussing the storyline. It is a popular Korean movie. Well, it sure got my attention with its twisted, yet fascinating, turn of events. You will have to watch it to know what I'm talking about. The storyline is bizarre, just the idea is actually pretty original. At the beginning the read more viewer is pretty much hanging by a thread, on the verge of bursting out of his/her demand what was the reason that got all those unfortunate things inflicted on the main character. At moments I felt overcome with the information that was slowly unrevealed. So twisted, I can't get it out of my mind no matter how hard I try. There is a good reason this movie is so well-known. It earned it.
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Jun 1, 2013
  • Overall 9.0
  • Story 8.0
  • Acting/Cast 10
  • Music 10
  • Rewatch Value 7.0
The title of this movie has been haunting me for about a year now. When I finally decided to watch it, I didnt regret it. Great action, great actors and dashes of comedy here and there. The comedy scenes were quick but highly effective as you need some kind of comedic relief in movies like this. As the movie progresses, your level of frustration gets almost as high as Dae-Su's, wanting to read more know WHY he was held captive!

When I finally get to know the reason of his captivity..........I was disappointed. Also,the ending makes you question the validity of the situation, which I really hate when movies do that. Despite that,there were many, many twists and turns. I enjoyed the time I watched this and would highly recommend this movie to others. I also suggest that sensitive people DO NOT watch this film. If you know that you can't handle violent or sexual content, don't even bother watching this movie and then give it a low rating. That would be illogical.
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similar revenge story that contains thrill and a psychopathic criminal.
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Old boy is the second installment of The Vengeance Trilogy, preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
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    Haru Jul 10, 2017

    Even before getting into this whole Korean drama/move thing... this one was my favorite movie of all time. It's a true mindfuck.

    And if you have never seen it, and want to watch it... don't forget: the octopus scene is 100% real.

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    Sapir Jul 3, 2017

    The first Korean movie that I can say that was perfect . 10/10

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    Astrologist Mar 19, 2017

    This movie is sick, and aims to disturb you to your very core - and I'm not exaggerating one bit. If you like Quentin Taratino films and movies like that, you still will have to prepare yourself for this one because it's no joke. At the same time, it's riveting and pulls you in - directed and played perfectly. Just don't make the same mistake as me and watch it with a family member (or ANYONE for that matter lol).

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    hongberg Jan 29, 2017
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    souldoc70 Jan 13, 2017

    I can see why Quentin Taratino loved this movie- it's so his style; a QT Korean movie. Well done- it's so dark, so satirical and so engaging. Warning: if you don't like Taratino's or David Lynch's style of movies,please do not watch this. Choi Min Sik is simply amazing here, Yoo is not bad but I think Han Se Kyu will be more sick badass if he played Woo Jin .

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    You know if you disagree with what I felt and said about his movie in the comments below - can you please just STOP commenting on it?!! -_- EVERYONE has different opinions on things - can't we all just AGREE to DISAGREE? Is it so hard to just look over someones differing opinion on something? -_- If I find something gross or disgusting about this movie - that's MY opinion - if you disagree and think this movie is "good" then that's your opinion - just browse PAST my comment and comment under something you "agree" with instead of saying you disagree with what I thought of the movie. Seriously - I do it ALL the time, it's really NOT that hard! *ever heard of: "If you don't have anything nice to say then don't say anything at all"? - In this case that is what I would prefer you all to do. Peace!

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      Muna93 Mar 10, 2017
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    iamsarah Dec 26, 2016 - edited

    This is truly an unforgettable masterpiece. This really mind-fu*k my brain in the greatest way possible. a 10/10

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    Kairi Nov 15, 2016 - edited

    Is this too scary to watch? I want to watch it so badly but I get scared easily.. Argh!!

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      rheabiel Dec 19, 2016

      Its not scary, but the whole story will make you never forget about them.

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    Bladey Oct 17, 2016 - edited

    Personally and emotioally? I don't like vulgar stuff, much less such strong and rather sickening sexual themes - and I am rather easy to offend (I absolutely hate vulgar and oversexed stuff- if it doesn't serve any purpose but to be fanservicy)- but in this case vulgarity does serve a higher purpose - to contempate the irony of fate and the bitter taste of revenge that turns tables on the protagonist. It's purposefully dirty, grungy. i think it does require the viewer to keep an open mind and rather than see just the undoubtedly dirty, sickening surface, invites to see a little beyond it. The movie shocks on purpose. It's a chillng contemplation that does not sugar coat ugly revelations about a man's character and fate- and it is a particularly memorable piece of cinema, but it is NOT aN easy watch nor is it meant to be one.

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    HuangLong Oct 7, 2016 - edited

    Outstanding piece of Korean cinema - and then the US had to go and totally destroy it with their awful remake!

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      Ruth Oct 15, 2016

      I've seen a movie with the same plot but I'm not sure if it is this one or the American one, who's the actor in the second one?

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      Bladey Oct 17, 2016 - edited

      This is the original. The American version was directed by Spike Lee and starred Josh Brolin iirc.

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      Ruth Oct 17, 2016

      Thanks, it seems it's the one I saw. Maybe I should check this one too.

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    Sharn Sep 25, 2016

    My mind has just been fucked.

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    rumikosuri Aug 21, 2016

    this movie is brilliant. but i really hate the s*x scene, so i have to skip some important part -_-

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    fiflydramalover Aug 15, 2016 - edited

    I didn't realize this was part of a series when i watched it, is this something that should be watched with the other two movies?

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      mini Oct 8, 2016

      However I recommend watching other movies too as they were as good.

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    Adam Jul 11, 2016

    Wonderfully directed thriller. The twist at the end is one of the most shocking I have encountered thus far.


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  • Release Date:

    Nov 21, 2003
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    2 hr. 0 min.


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