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Film Review: Oldboy (2003)
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Oldboy (2003). Directed by Park Chan-rook and loosely based on the manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya. The first part of the film is told in flashback by the central character Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik). It starts with Dae-su on the roof of a building, holding the tie of a man dangling from the edge. Dae-su tells the man a story starts which starts with him at the police station, having been arrested for being drunk and disorderly. His best friend retrieves him from the police station and outside he makes a drunken call to his wife and daughter, to say he's on the way with his daughter's birthday present. He passes the phone to his best friend, but when his friend turns around Dae-su has gone. Dae-su wakes up in a prison cell of sorts. He pleads with his captor to tell him why he has been imprisoned, but he won't tell him anything. Oldboy is a powerful film on several levels. The story involves incest and murder, and has frequent strong scenes, but is incredibly well written with a roller-coaster story. Min-sik is fantastic in the central role, along with a very strong supporting cast. The only real negative with the film is the overpowering nature of some of the more difficult topics, combined with the violence. It was borderline for me as to whether it was going to spoil the film, but ultimately I made it. Sensitive types will probably want to avoid. 5/5 (Excellent)

(Thanks Rob for the nod)
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