Oldboy (2003)

Park Chan-wook directs Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-Tae and Kang Hye-jeong in this Korean thriller where a middle aged drunk is kidnapped, imprisoned for 15 years and mysteriously let back out in the world with a bestial vengeance programmed into him.

There has never been a film as elaborately plotted and unpredictably executed as Oldboy. It is a lunatic thriller completely uninterested in norms, form or comfort. Even now as Oh Dae-Su’s lurid quest matures into cinematic adulthood it still makes for a pretty wild ride, even when you know the hairpins and bumps. Not perfect, the noticeable age difference between antagonists never gels for example, but pretty fucking unmatched.


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