15 years of imprisonment, five days of vengeance
Oldboy is the revenge drama from Director Park Chan-wook. Based on a Manga comic it depicts the suffering path of a man who must deal with the never ending torment of having unknowingly made someone his enemy.
I think the ending of this movie is going to haunt me for the rest of my life.
You need the end credits of this film. It doesn't matter if it's in Korean, you just need it for the background; a lovely, quiet mountain range. It's a relaxing image, just the antidote for what you've just witnessed. Because Oldboy is DEVASTATING...
After a distressing opener where our main character is entrapped in a hotel room for fifteen years, his psychology is splattered all over the screen for the remainder of the film. Erratic behaviour is Oh Dae-Su's trademark; he eats live octupi, steals women's sunglasses and starts brawls with local neerdowells just to test out his supposed fighting skills.
And as for the villain (a semi-suicidal, simpering, giggling yuppie) he's harder to watch. Guarding a shameful past, you…
Hands down the worst revenge you could give a man.
My God. I seriously think that I need to go to therapy to relieve myself from the shock of watching this film. This was just too much shock for a human being to take.
P.S. Min Sik Choi, sir, you made me cry. I have seen so many films.I don't care whether everyone would agree on this. But that one impossible piece of acting in the climactic sequence would outmatch any other fucking performance I have ever seen. That was UN-FUCKING-BELIEVABLE.
RON!!!! RON LOOK!!! I DID IT!
YAY!! about time right?
ok , ok , this movie is FUCKED UP. but I like that u dont know how fucked it is till the very end ...
thats another thing I really enjoyed... I didn't figure out what was going on until about he last 40 min of the film. usually I just guess it and it doesn't ruin the movie for me it just..hmmm I dont know... ruins the surprise you could say , so Im glad this left me guessing
only giving it 4/5 right now cuz I feel on my 2nd watch I'll like it that much more ..
THANKS RON !
ok die hard Oldboy fans.. what are your thoughts about the upcoming remake?
Whenever possible, I like to watch a movie with absolutely no idea what it is about. Ideally, I don't even want to know what genre it is and that's just how I came to Old Boy. What a way to experience it.
It was recommended by a fellow letterboxer and since Prime was showing it for free streaming, I put it on. There's virtually nothing about this movie I would think of changing. Stylistically, it's beautiful to watch with those sharp cuts and beautiful film lines so characteristic of my favorite asian films. This one really sprawls out. The plot moves quickly without rushing. Every scene matters. Nothing essential is left out and nothing unessential is put in for filler.…
I thought this was going to be just another stupid torture porn film that has a cult following just because it's foreign.
If you'll excuse me I'm going to watch Spongebob for 3 hours to cheer myself up.
Not for the squeamish, this gruesome revenge thriller takes some major suspensions of disbelief but is intriguing and unique. Unfortunately, I didn't understand one of the big reveals until I read the plot summary on Wikipedia.
'Oldboy,' the story of Oh Daesu and his constant struggle towards unraveling the truth regarding his 15 year, drug-addled, apartment imprisonment is a tragedy in every sense of the word.
When most people speak of how layered a film is, they will oft be talking of how much emotional depth a character has or all the metaphors sitting to be drawn out of dark corners and cigars. 'Oldboy' is layered to an astounding extent. As in: THIS FILM IS BEYOND FUCKED UP. And just when you think that your hand couldn't tense any more, it gets more fucked up. There are endless layers of masochism, hate, violence, and general disturbances of the soul within these two hours.
I laughed a…
"though i am a beast do i not deserve to live?"
Vengeance, manipulation, and love told in a gripping and twisted way that will leave you bewildered, breathless, and browsing for more South Korean masterpieces.
I understood the storyline of Oldboy just fine but a lot of the time I really didn't get it. Maybe it's because I've not really read much manga, but a lot of the dialog and scenes in the story left me puzzled. Most of it was very bizarre, and the cutting from some scenes to others made it feel like a lot was missing.
The first half was entertaining but for me it dwindled as it went on. It really wasn't what I was expecting and didn't leave me satisfied.
I had never heard of this before joining Letterboxd, and ever since I joined I've seen people praising this. Finally I decided to give this a go and see what all the hype was about.
Given the amount of praise this gets, I guess you'd have to say that I was disappointed. I was expecting something alot better than this. The acting was shaky, the so-called revenge badassery was minimal, the story was majorly lacking, and the dialogue was bizarre. I get that this is based off a Japanese manga but you could've spruced it up when making the motion picture. There were plots holes, areas that just seemed to be skipped, and too many leaps of faith were required.…