It's funny how a film gets worse and then better the more you see it. I think I've watched Oldboy enough times now to know the story beat by beat, and so by this viewing I was almost entirely focused on the technical aspects of the film; and good god is this film well made.
It's a directing and editing masterclass with dolly shots, crane shots, match cuts, jump cuts and flits between timelines and viewpoints seamlessly. Even some of…
Film # 3 of the "Scavenger Hunt #4" Challenge!
Task # 10. A film featuring a mute!
Oldboy is another one of those movies that you wish you had heard about earlier. The film follows the story of Oh Dae-su, who gets kidnapped and held captive in a hotel room for 15 years without knowing the identity of his captor or his captor's motives. When he is finally released, Dae-su still doesn't receive any answers behind these…
I love Park Chan-wook's entire Vengeance Trilogy.
This is my favorite film of the three. I had the pleasure of seeing it almost two years before it was officially released in the US.
Oldboy presented me with the very rare experience of fully challenging and heightening my ideas of what Film Art could be The last time I had seen a film that so captured my imagination and admiration was David Lynch's 1986 masterpiece, "Blue Velvet"
This was a game-changer…
A classic. There is no movie like this, even an imitator couldn't possibly emulate what Park Chan Wook achieves with Oldboy. He has wrung every last drop of sanity out of his characters.
Film #1 of Scavenger Hunt #4
Item 10. A film featuring a mute!
The original is always better than the remake, and the 2003 "Oldboy" is lightyears ahead of the 2014 American version. While the original is not as gory, the suspense is much better. The psychological aspect is more fleshed out than in the remake, making the audience actually care about why the main character is going crazy and cutting off body parts. The pace is a bit…
My wife watches more Korean cinema than I do, but somehow I managed to see Oldboy (2003) without her. This time around I found myself enjoying the film more because I wasn’t focused on figuring out the story. The wife and I agree that the third act has some scenes that could benefit from tighter editing, however, we both recommend it for fans of disturbing revenge films.
"Park Chanwook has this visceral touch when it comes to insanity and dark characters."
There's a lot to love about Oldboy and there's a lot that doesn't sit. The acting is great for the most part. It's often exagerated but never feels comical. The villian is great, he's imposing and matters to the plot in a big way. The action is astounding. It's long takes on these action scenes, especially the much renowned hallway scene, are superb. Very entertaining to watch. Where this film lost me is in it's strange and weird scenes. Those…
Not a fan of a plot hinging on unfounded hypnosis, but this is still a powerful revenge film. A beacon for all revenge plots, in a class right up there with Kobayashi's Harakiri.
Sensacional. Forte. Surpreendente.
This had been described to me an simply "intense" by a number of different people. Those people were absolutely 100% correct.
Simply put, this movie is a journey, mystery, action flick and thriller all in one. Haters of violence beware, this movie has plenty. A few parts made me cringe but it adds to the film, it certainly doesn't detract from it. The action scenes were great, as is typical of Korean films, and the story is just phenomenal.
Top 250 #69 [IMDB]
Oldboy is one of the most intense movies you will ever see. Breathtaking, brutal and easily one of the best revenge movies ever made. The acting is amazing, especially Choi as the main protagonist Dae-su Oh. All the actors did great but his performance was powerful and emotional. Chan-wook Park gives this movie a very unique style with his direction. The plot starts off like a fairly standard revenge drama but he slowly makes the movie…