You must see “Old Boy”

by oneafrikan on November 1, 2005

_ Amazon.co.uk: DVD: Old Boy

Synopsis
A man who is held captive for fifteen years and whose wife is murdered is released suddenly and given money. He is asked to discover why he was held prisoner. If he finds the answer his kidnapper will kill himself. Korean dialogue with English subtitles.

DVD Description
Having knocked out judges at this year’s Cannes, winning the Grand Prix Du Jury prize and championed by Tarantino, Park Chan-Wook’s startling OLD BOY comes out on DVD in a fantastic two-disc set. Unsettling but ingenious and darkly comic, it’s a revenge movie wrapped in a mystery that twists the nerves at every scene. Following a drunken spree, a businessman is arrested and imprisoned for 15 years, not knowing his crime or who his captors are. Suddenly, he’s released and given three days to discover why he was shut away and who was responsible. A critical and box-office hit, the double disc set includes newly created English subtitles and commentaries with a exclusive Park Chan-Wook interview and original UK trailer.

Simply brilliant.
Don’t watch it if you’re looking for a Hong Kong cinema Kung-Fu extravaganza…

I’d been watching this one on the shelves for a long time, and since my housemates aren’t exactly fans of this genre of movie I had to pick a chance when I knew I could watch it before it became overdue. Anyways, I found my opportunity recently and can only say that this movie is a piece of cinematic brilliance, that any self respecting film lover should see. There is violence (some of it is insinuated in the mind, made worse by the thought of it), and genuinely shocking scenes which I don’t recommend letting yuor youngsters see (but which do support the plot and characters fully).

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