Bradshaw summarizes his review by referring to Oldboy as "cinema that holds an edge of cold steel to your throat. The final scene's snowy landscape was filmed in New Zealand. This is evidenced by Oh Dae-Su’s first encounter with Lee Woo-jin, his captor.Oh Dae-Su grabs him by the throat, but his captor’s white haired side kick (the white dog?) One more thing, though. There are a lot of parallels here, for starters the every step is one year is alluded in an earlier scene when Oh Dae-Su pulls out a man’s (who he believed to be his captor) teeth, saying every tooth I pull is one year of my life I’ve lost to you, also Oh Dae-Su reveals that his name means “getting through one day at a time”. Every single scene has an input and a suggestion to the storyline. Oh Dae-Su keeps creating (rationalizing) a story that allows him to explain his current situation (i.e. Dae-su tortures the warden, Mr. Park, who reveals that Dae-su was imprisoned for "talking too much". You think of things in a unique way. Dae-su activates the device to kill him, only to find it is actually a remote for loudspeakers, which play an audio recording of Mi-do and Dae-su having sex. Wish I could contribute but I think I’ve gone partially insane. Remember when Dae-Su recovered that audio tape? When he is finally released, Dae-su finds himself still trapped in a web of conspiracy and violence. For starters, the clock store scene where Mido asks about oh daesu’s daughter’s whereabouts is a mystery. this is my email address [email protected], Hi Andra, if you want to get in touch with me my email address is [email protected] Haha, I have no idea. Oh Dae was an obnoxious drunk but had done nothing to warrant 15 years in prison, or worse. The corridor fight scene took seventeen takes in three days to perfect and was one continuous take; there was no editing of any sort except for the knife that was stabbed in Oh Dae-su's back, which was computer-generated imagery. Yeah, couldn’t see why the villain went through all this trouble just fore Dae su to sleep with his own daughter? Now, good luck to you. Thanks for all you wrote :), Haha, it was a pretty confusing movie!

Indeed he has been abducted and imprisoned in a room for fifteen years. At first I thought it was the sister’s daughter that Oh Dae-Su fell in love with because she was pregnant foreals. Of course, Woo Jin himself faced a very traumatic moment in his life, holding and letting his sister/lovers life slip through his fingers and watching her die. Why does he, and everyone else consider him a filthy monster?

He commissioned screenwriter Mark Protosevich to work on the adaptation.

Oh Dae Su committed no serious crime, yet what he did sparked a rage so terrible in Lee Woo Jin that it caused his brain and primal desire for revenge to combine and commit this atrociously cruel act of punishment. More parallels with Greek tragedy include the fact that Lee Woo-jin looks relatively young as compared to Oh Dae-su when they are supposed to be contemporaries at school, which makes Lee Woo-jin look like an immortal Greek god whereas Oh Dae-su is merely an aged mortal. In an interview with Park (included with the European release of the film), he says that the ambiguous ending was deliberate and intended to generate discussion; it is completely up to each individual viewer to interpret what isn't shown.
It is a fantastic movie, I will probably watch it again soon as well :) Yes I’ve heard Spike Lee was doing a remake, although it was a while ago I heard this. It wasn’t his choice, and it took extravagant manipulation to make him do it. I really love to see all the different viewpoints! Oldboy (Korean: 올드보이; RR: Oldeuboi; MR: Oldŭboi) is a 2003 South Korean neo-noir action thriller film co-written and directed by Park Chan-wook. Some time later, Dae-su finds the hypnotist to erase his knowledge of Mi-do being his daughter so that they can stay happy together. This is an idiom in Korea used when somebody can’t remember something. The only flaw I’m seeing is that it is inconsistent with the story of Mido and Oh-Daesu. The plot device found within it could have been extrapolated from secular literature just as easily, if not easier, as from a passage of scripture. Lee Woo-jin’s intricate plan of revenge seemed way too extreme to dish out on someone such as Oh Dae-Su, who was guilty of nothing except behaving like any teenage boy would have done in his circumstances. I think the story has to be taken as is, don’t forget the starting scene where oh dae su was abducted etc.

“ If your right eye causes you to stumble, gouge it out and throw it away… It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go to hell.”. There’s no evidence for that and you can see in the flashbacks that he is definitely not. But be warned: it’s not for weak stomachs. Just one thing, about cutting his tongue out.

[26] In a 2016 BBC poll, critics voted the film the 30th greatest since 2000. A true piece of art! I dnt think d punishment was irrational..Dae su saw Lee woo jin with his sister…he didn’t knew they were brother and sister..he told his friend he saw her with a guy…his friend spread the rumour that she was slut and had affairs with everyone..which wasn’t true…she was traumatized so much tht she believed in those lie she was so anxious about it that her body reacted accordingly (she missed her period placebo effect if m nt wrong) and I believe she loved her brother and thought that she was bearing sum1 else child broke her literally..and therefore she killed herself… Dae su has always been a monster. [9][10][11] When asked in DVD commentary if he felt sorry for Choi, director Park Chan-wook stated he felt more sorry for the octopus. I think just as he made Oh Dae pay for his sisters death by creating a sinister plot of revenge, now he wants Oh Dae to suffer for his death as well. The shopkeeper even says it in the shop earlier in the film when they are searching for his daughter that she may have gone to Switzerland. An American remake of Oldboy previously had director Justin Lin attached. Park has a doctorate in Psychology. Just watched the movie.

But we never get to see what’s inside the third box infront of Mido. Not sure if this is really evidence that his daughter didn’t go to Sweden but the phone number on the piece of paper is 46 8 660 0330, which is the real phone number for the Korean Embassy. "[19], MovieGazette lists 10 features on its "It's Got" list for Oldboy and summarizes its review of Oldboy by saying, "Forget ‘The Punisher’ and ‘Man on Fire’ – this mesmerising revenger’s tragicomedy shows just how far-reaching the tentacles of mad vengeance can be." a waste of time. This monster has walked it’s 70 steps it seems. He then eats a live octopus, it’s tentacles attacking his face as he bites into it, afterwards he passes out. Thank you for your interpretation, I would be interested in hearing your interpretation of Donnie Darko as well. The movie then cuts backward to the year 1988.

The man asks him, "Even though I am no better than a beast, don't I have the right to live?" Dae-su eventually recalls that he and Woo-jin had gone to the same high school, and he had witnessed Woo-jin committing incest with his own sister. This quote provides the basis why Lee Woo-jins revenge is so huge considering the crime. Oh Dae-Su tells the man his story, which is presumably one of being contained and locked up for 15 years. But then youd just say it all comes down to cause and effect and trying to find someone to blame for all your sins. Meaning the plot that happened has to be taken as is – Oh Dae Su was abducted, Lee abducted him because he wants to enact revenge because he thought that the rumor that dae su started was the reason his sister wanted to kill herself, intricate plan of revenge eventually pits dae su with his daughter with whom he had sexual relations with, couldnt take the truth and started thrashing around, cut his throat because he thought that was the reason why all of this was happening. Rumors spread and Woo-jin's sister killed herself, leading a grief-stricken Woo-jin to seek revenge. In your interpretation you said that Lee Woo-jin’s revenge seemed way too extreme to dish out on someone such as Oh Dae-Su as he had done something seemingly so minor. I just watched this movie and I have to say, this whole page is very interesting. In a frenzy, Dae-su tries to force himself on Mi-Do in the bathroom of her apartment, however she is armed with a knife and successfully fends him off.
because in the version i saw, the movie does not begin with him on the rooftop holding the guys tie. 4. He takes away his life because he would not find any more pleasure out of his revenge even though he wants Oh Dae to suffer more for his sister death or may his own after he dies and the hypnotist helps him out. While looking for revenge, Dae-su discloses deep secrets from the past. What you are about to read is my interpretation of the movie Oldboy. Till then is there ANYONE who has the answers to the above questions?

They don’t put the whole animal in their mouths like the way Oh Dae Su does.

This one though with Mi-do though was important and he has to live with that, he has no choice but to be the monster and getting that Old Dae Su back is impossible. Lee Woo-Jin realizes in the end that he cannot force Oh Dae-Su to except what he’s done and commits suicide, fades away.

Does he remember or does he not? I really hope someone can shed some light on me for this but I notice when Dae Su checks out that hair salon to learn more about Woo-Jin’s sister, there’s a couple of close ups of the woman-on-the-phone’s knees and of the one who walks in through the door. Please share your opinions of my interpretation, and any interpretations you have as well! He has to create the kidnapper, so the story makes sense, so he creates Lee Woo-Jin who he remembers seeing him make out with someone when he was younger, it may or may not have been his sister. His own quest for vengeance becomes tied in with romance when he falls in love with an attractive young sushi chef, Mi-do.

and avoid the truth. "[16] Peter Bradshaw gave it 5/5 stars, commenting that this is the first time in which he could actually identify with a small live octopus. The movie is quite simply a revenge story inspired heavily by count of monte cristo but with a twist in it. [32] Besides the theme of unknown incest revealed, Oedipus gouges his eyes out to avoid seeing a world that despises the truth, while Oh Dae-su cuts off his tongue to avoid revealing the truth to his world. either way, the interpretation is still valid regardless of the order of the first few scenes. [31] Kim Kyungae offers a different analysis, with Dae-su and Woo-jin both representing Oedipus. Some of it still really confuses me. Bullshit…dont try to read way too much into things. I just watched the movie for the first time. No offense. The fact that of all scenes, the movie began with this one is very important for unraveling the hidden meaning behind the events that follow. The one who knows your secret is the monster. He never would have knowingly done such a thing. Any movie that inspires like-minded people to spend time analyzing elements and fleshing out theories is definitely worth it.


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