A man, Daesu, is imprisoned for fifteen years without an explanation. When he’s released, he sets out to find out who captured him and why, only to discover that his captor has something completely different, and far more twisted in store for him.
To really say anything more about the plot, or the sequence of events in Oldboy is to give away far too much. This film is very hard hitting, with the violence that is found in Takashi Miike films. Oldboy is your classic tale of revenge, except the intentions behind everything is far more twisted than what you will find in an American film. Speaking of American films, this film had some scenes that resembled Quentin Taranton’s Kill Bill.
The acting in this film was brilliant. It walked a fine line between sometimes comical and sometimes extremely serious. Our main character, Daesu, played the vengeance driven insane hero perfectly. Our villain, was very believable and by the end of the film, I couldn’t help but keep my eyes glued to the screen.
However, the true stand out to the film, to me, was the cinematography. The film was wonderfully shot, with a lot of green and red mixed throughout the film. Overall, I would say that Oldboy is an excellent film, and everyone needs to see it. However, see it before the American remake comes out, because I doubt the remake is going to be anything like this. I give it an 8 out of 10.