Oldboy (2003, KOR) C-120m. SCOPE ** D: Chan-wook Park. Starring Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji, Dal-su Oh. One night a drunk man is kidnapped and he disappears for 15 years, locked into an apartment without a clue about the reason for his abduction. Now he is released and learns he has only a few days to find out who kidnapped him and why. Uncompromising, visceral, well-acted psycho drama, whose main character is such a tormented soul that identifying with him will leave you depressed. Movie becomes almost impossible to watch in the final thirty minutes, which nevertheless are its best part. Its attitude made this a multi-award winner (among them the Grand Prize at Cannes). Second part of director Chan-wook Park's Revenge trilogy, following SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, and followed by SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE. Also known as OLD BOY.

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