Old Boy

South Korea (2003), 🕒 120 min

They could lock me up for 15 years and make me watch this everyday and i would be fine with it.

  • Koalometer 95% 95%
  • Easy to watch 84% 84%

Did you know

Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene with Dae-su in the sushi bar, a scene which provoked some controversy abroad. Eating live octopus in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. >>>

Did you know

When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew. Min-sik Choi is a Buddhist and had to pray after eating the octopi.

Did you know

If you pause at the scene where there is a fade to between Mido’s apartment to the next building (when Oh Dae-su receives a call from his friend Joo-Hwan) (1hr 10min 21sec), you can see Oh Dae-su smile formed by the juxtaposition of two images. 😉

Did you know

Min-sik Choi trained for six weeks and lost twenty pounds to get in shape for the role of Dae-su, and did most of his own stunt work.


After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.


Chan-wook Park


Min-sik Choi

Dae-su Oh

Hye-jeong Kang


Ji-tae Yu

Woo-jin Lee


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Why I cant film something like this?

Quentin Tarantino

LET'S PLAY A GAME, take a shot or smoke a joint (or BOTH) whenever:

– time is mentioned (in dialogue or on clocks/watches)
– Oh Dae-su asks a question
– the color red is dominant in the scene (in clothing, walls, decor, etc.)

* try this:

Soo-ah’s Shame

2 parts sake (sweet to medium-dry recommended)
1 part blackberry brandy
3 parts carrot juice
dash of ground ginger

Shake well and pour over ice!


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