Release Date: 2004

DVD Release Date: August 23rd, 2005

R |1 hr 58 min

Plot Summary

Dae-Su is an obnoxious drunk bailed from the police station yet again by a friend. However, he's abducted from the street and wakes up in a cell, where he remains for the next 15 years, drugged unconscious when human contact is unavoidable, otherwise with only the television as company. And then, suddenly released, he is invited to track down his jailor with a denouement that is simply stunning.

Cast: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Kang Hye Jung, Dae-han Ji, Oh Dal-su, Byeong-ok Kim, Seung-shin Lee, Jin-seo Yoon

Director: Chan-wook Park

Genres: Mystery

Production Co: Egg Films, Show East

Keywords: New York City, Friend, 2000s, Police officer, Suspenseful, Pursuit, Revenge, Mystery

Ratings & Reviews

  • 100
    Michael WilmingtonChicago Tribune

    It's a movie of such jaw-dropping violence, wild improbability and dazzling style it overpowers all resistance. show more

  • 100
    Roger EbertChicago Sun-Times

    Oldboy is a powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare. show more

  • 80
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    His film is not for the weak of stomach or heart, but it's a stunner all the same.

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