Oh Dae-su played by Choi Min-sik in a scene from Oldboy (2003).

Even though I didn’t enjoy Chan-wook Park’s Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, which is the first movie in his revenge trilogy, I decided to see why everybody was praising the second movie Oldboy. My verdict? I have mixed feelings about the movie. On one hand I feel the movie is a masterpiece with insane and clever twists, but on the other hand it’s not without parts that drag on just a bit too long and sometimes make little sense. Don’t get me wrong, I completely understand why it’s gotten rave reviews and for the first half hour or so I was loving every minute. Then came some ups and downs, where I didn’t enjoy the movie as much and then at the end I was almost as excited as I was in the beginning. The twist at the end was pure brilliance. So fucking awesome. So, I guess what I’m trying to say is that I think I need to watch it again sometime to better understand how I really feel about the movie, but for now, it was a pretty damn good movie.

A man is abruptly kidnapped and held prisoner for 15 years without any reason for his kidnap nor his release. He is given a phone, a wallet full of money and 5 days to work out who did this and more importantly why, and if he succeeds, the man behind the kidnapping will kill himself but if he fails, then the love of his life will die.

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  • The movie is currently #113 on IMDb’s Top 250 list.


Carlos Mal:

Be sure to check out “(Sympathy for) Lady Vengeance” too, it’s the best of the three movies, aesthetically speaking.


I’ll do that, thanks. Oldboy was a masterpiece aesthetically, so Lady Vengeance must be a beautiful movie then. I don’t need to watch Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance first do I?


The three movies work perfectly without you having to watch them all. Oldboy has a plot twist that Lady Veangeance lacks, but the music and images, wow.


Ok, that’s what I was hoping you’d say. I’ll check it out soon :)

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