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Review: Park Chan-wook’s OLDBOY Will Hit You Like A Hammer - Movies In Focus
When it was first released back in 2003 Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy hit audiences like a hammer. Forget Spike Lee’s 2013 US remake with Josh Brolin, this South Korean film is the only version of Oldboy that needs to be seen. More importantly, it’s the type of film that you need to go into cold. Ice cold. Don’t read the IMDB page or have a sneaky look at Wikipedia, the less you know about it the better. Don’t even be tempted to peek. Think of the film as Christmas morning – and looking around for presents before the big day will only ruin the surprise. The bare bones of the plot sees Choi Min-sik’s Oh Dae-su kidnapped and locked-up in mysterious prison for 15 years. He knows no reason why, but he spends his time honing his fighting kills and planning to escape. He finally breaks-out and he sets out to track down his daughter and seek revenge on those who incarcerated him. That’s pretty much all you need to know about Oldboy going in. However, if you have ever seen any film by Park Chan-wook then you know that there will be much more to proceedings than that simple synopsis. [...]