He is sudden thrust back into society where he must track down the person that took away his freedom. One tip: If you like the shooting in 'Oldboy', have a look at 'Sympathy for Lady Vengeance', the third part in Park's revenge-trilogy. I didn't quite understand it in the first view but came to like it in the second time and it's one of my favourites now. But those plots can't stand in the shadow or even come close to the plot of 'Oldboy'. After a brief spell of anger and spewing hatred for his captors, he resigns himself to his fate, and after 15 years of shadow boxing and suicide attempts he wakes up from a gas induced coma on top of a tower block where he was initially seized.
You have no sympathy for the main character, since he's a douche at first. This plot that I wrote doesn't reveal the greatness of the people who wrote the script. The one and only reason is that those two films are better known and from a western production company. It also makes me concerned, if so many people like this movie, what is the world really like Old Boy is my favourite film. If, however, it was up to me it would be even higher in the ranking. And if you've watched the original, you'll be in for a surprise.
In an age of American cinema where our biggest blockbusters are based on films already successful overseas, this is one movie that needs to be seen by more American movie goers. Very interesting, you should watch this movie and then judge it. The colours are so vivid and it seems like he wanted every shot to be a piece of art. I literally couldn't close my mouth, and yet there wasn't any sound coming out of it. Don't be as shallow as a lot of people here tend to be. What this film has is the ability to be sublime, shocking, ridiculous, mildly amusing and visually stunning which is some feat for any film.
If there was a piece of cake or a bowl of rice in front of him, I guess he would probably eat it in the same way he did with the octopus. The performances of the main cast and most importantly the director to send this message to the viewer leave this film as about as close to perfection as I can see any film getting. Same goes for Oldboy, you gotta admit some of the genius art-form it contains. Simply put, from a technical point of view, it's one of the best movies ever. Josh Brolin gave one of his best performance as an arrogant and carefree person who realizes his mistakes when he was confined to a small room for 20 years.
I laughed because of acting and stupid plot b. No one complains About Star Wars being unrealistic, and rightly so. The Cinematography expertly done by Jeong-hun Jeong, who also worked on the follow up to this film, Chinjeolhan geumjassi. My father being the eternal sceptic that he is turned out to be an extremely worthy person to watch the film with, and his response to it opened my eyes a little as to why I love it that much. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? I can see no hype.
But over all it's incredible. I don't see why films like 'The Usual Suspects' or 'Memento', which are fantastic pieces of film-making and which without a doubt deserve a place in the top 250, are higher in the top 250 than 'Oldboy'. Everything about this film is done in style and panache and creates a memorable experience, and has many memorable scenes. The first word that springs to mind when thinking about this film has to be graphic. Synopsis Abducted on a rainy night in 1988, the obnoxious drunk, Oh Dae-Su, much to his surprise, wakes up locked in a windowless and dilapidated hotel room, for an unknown reason. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor. When it comes to screenplay Park Chan-Wook is unique at least for western standards in his way of filming.
But then, unexpectedly, after fifteen long years in captivity, the perplexed prisoner is deliberately released, encouraged to track down his tormentor to finally get his retribution. Results of paying attention to the tiniest of details were stunning. Nevertheless, who would hate Oh Dae-Su so much he would deny him of a quick and clean death? About direction and actors I can say only good things. It's a shame so many American film goers refuse to see foreign films, because this movie is genius. Oldboy had such an impact on me that words are too little to describe that impact. On his daughter's birthday, Oh Dae-su gets drunk and soon he's arrested by the police.
Therefore this film is definitely in my top 3 films ever made. The sheer scale of the comments here suggests that here is a film that gets to you in one way or another. Films have a right to stretch out reality, don't forget the reason it does this is to be entertaining. This is definitely a must- see. Although it isn't without its flaws, and all films have a few,it certainly isn't a one star film. An advertising executive is kidnapped and held hostage for 20 years in solitary confinement.