Sweet Black Baby Jesus, this film is perfect. It is so gruesome, fucked up, and tragic as hell. I love this film. I probably would marry this film if possible. This movie is about Oh Dae-su who is a drunkard who at one unfortunate moment is snatched up and kidnapped. He is awakened in a sealed room where his only contact with life is through a trap door where food is delivered through and a tv that shows random videos. He is in this cell for 15 years. That is until the day he is released. This is when the story begins.
This movie is the second film in the Vengenace Trilogy that is directed by that maestro Park Chan-wook. I can’t tell you how powerful this film is. It has the be experienced. It is gut-wrenchingly sad. Dae-su is really put through the wringer. It is so messed up as the story unfolds and revenge is being enacted. I didn’t realize that something so dark could be so amazing. I love this film.
Choi Min-sik (Dae-su), Yoo Ji-tae (LeeWoo-jin), and Kang Hye-jung (Mi-do) round out some of the best performances ever in a South Korean film. Yoo was extremely important to the success of the film. As career-defining Choi’s role was. Yoo carried the scenes he had to carry. This movie is such an incredible film. It has to be seen. Along with the two remakes of the film “Zinda” and “Oldboy 2013”. Because? Why not?
If you want to see a film that helped shake up the cinematic universe then look no farther than Oldboy. Park Chan-wook is a genius.
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