Old Boy

   23 May 2005, mid-afternoon

After watching the Old Boy trailer, I was expecting a film that would be a bit like Payback, but in Korean. Old Boy is a revenge film, but it has more in common with a Greek tragedy than your typical revenge film. Oh Dae-Su, the films protagonist, has been released in to the world after being locked up for 15 years. He has 5 days to figure out why he was imprisoned. I don’t want to say anything else about the film, because anything I say would ruin the movie. This is one film you should definitely watch without reading reviews or critiques or anything else. The man who plays Oh Dae-Su, Min-sik Choi, did an amazing job. He’s very impressive, a strong actor. The film has some great visuals. The fight sequences are done really well. Old Boy is a very unique film, and is definitely worth checking out.

The official Old Boy web site. (Don’t read the synopsis.)



  1. We went and saw this a couple months ago, and it’s easily one of my favorite films. I thought the ending was too protracted, but the rest of it was fantastic. We were expecting a straight up revenge film, but good god this was so much more. At the end I just sat there stunned. It was awesome, and also I think that it has one of the funniest fight scenes in any movie ever. But yes, do NOT read anything about it before you see it. I am so glad I didn’t know anything.

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