Revenge, so it wants a Klingon proverb, is a dish best served cold. No wonder then that the South Korean director Park Chan-wook wunderkind creates with his film Oldboy / Old Boy a cold and brutal world of revenge, which turns out to be intoxicating blend of philosophical thriller, a classical tragedy and flawless Eastern. An almost irresistible blend

15 years shall be imprisoned, Dae-su Oh (Min-sik Choi), a very average businessman and family man, in a one-bedroom apartment without a window, after he overpowered by unknown gangsters and was abducted. 15 years without any human contact and in total confusion as to why and how long he is held. On the television news, he learns of the murder of his wife, pushing the offenders into his shoes. And only from the news he takes, how time flies, of which he is totally disconnected. The prisoner begins to keep a diary to remember in this way, whom he has done everything in his life of pain. But it does not help the motives of his kidnappers continue to remain in the dark.

When he just as abruptly as he was deprived of his liberty shall be discharged into, he puts his captors codenamed Evergreen (Ji-tae YU), the task of finding out within 5 days of the reason for the long captivity. Otherwise, the mysterious Evergreen wants to destroy the lives of his former hostage completely. Desperate and exhausted by the long captivity, Dae-su Oh knows only one goal – revenge for all the meaningless years of his slain wife and for his whole broken life. With the help of the sushi vendor Mido (Hye-Jung KANG), he sets out to find the backgrounds and encounters the ghosts of the past, dating back to his schooldays at Evergreen High School.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy / Old Boy (2003) and Lady Venegeance (2005) – this is the trilogy, with the South Korean born in 1963 in Tanyan director Park Chan-wook internationally caused a sensation. In particular, the middle part of the trilogy had done it to the critics: Oldboy / Old Boy “was honored at the Cannes Film Festival with the Grand Jury Prize and received a British Film Award for Best Film. At least since this success, Park Chan-wook is one of the greatest and most eccentric talents of Asian cinema, a view that he agreed with his new film, I am a Cyborg, But That’s OK. A solid stomach and a high tolerance level with regard to portrayals of violence, however, one should have to bring to Park Chan-wook’s disturbing masterpiece goutieren really can.

(Joachim Kurz)

Title: Oldboy Original Title: Old Boy – TV-Tip of the Week Country of production: South Korea Year of production: 2004 Length : 120 (Min)

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