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Oldboy

Directed by Park Chan-wook
2003
South Korea
120 minutes
R 18+
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Park Chan-wook’s masterful psychosexual thriller follows a family man seeking revenge after being locked in a room for 15 years. Grand Jury Prize, Cannes 2004.
The fifth feature by film critic-turned filmmaker Park Chan-wook (Stoker, SFF 2013; The Handmaiden, SFF 2016; The Little Drummer Girl TV series) helped ignite a global fascination with South Korean cinema almost 20 years ago when it shocked and stunned audiences and won 40 international awards. Fifteen years after being locked up by an unknown captor with unknown motives, married businessman Oh Dae-su is suddenly set free. But why? Oh’s relentless search for answers and burning desire for vengeance is brilliantly balanced by his romance with Mi-do, a young chef. Park’s precision-tooled direction and Choi Min-sik’s magnificent lead performance make this an unforgettable journey into the darkest corners of the human soul. An Australian Premiere screening of the film's restoration.
A dark and thrillingly horrible adventure into the realms of the unthinkable.
Peter Bradshaw, the Guardian
Oldboy is a delirious, confronting ride, a movie full of visceral shocks and aesthetic pleasures: it has an explosive immediacy and a persistent afterlife, a lingering impact that is hard to shake.
Philippa Hawker, The Age
A powerful film not because of what it depicts, but because of the depths of the human heart which it strips bare.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

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Wed 8 Jun
6pm
Event Cinemas George Street - Cinema 5
Past Event Cancel
Tue 14 Jun
8:30pm
Dendy Newtown - Cinema 1
Past Event Cancel
Program Strand
Restorations
Year
2003
Classification
R 18+
Country
South Korea
Language
In Korean with English subtitles
Director
Park Chan-wook
Producer
Lim Seung-yong
Cast
Choi Min-sik, Kang Hye-jeong, Yoo Ji-tae
Screenwriter
Park Chan-wook
Cinematographer
Chung Chung-hoon
Editor
Kim Sang-bum
Genre
Festival Award Winners, Cinephile, Asia, Crime, Cannes Selected, Restorations
Company Credits
Australian Distributor: Maslow Entertainment
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