OLD BOY

V'04

OLD BOY

Park Chan-Wook
Südkorea, 2003
118min, OmdU

OLD BOY

Park Chan-Wook
Südkorea, 2003
, 118min, OmdU

Cast: 
Choi Min-Sik
Oh Dae-Su
Yoo Ji-Tae
Lee Woo-Jin
Gang Hye-Jung
Mido
Chi Dae-Han
No Joo-Hwan
Cast: 
Spezialeffekte
Lee Jung-Soo
Screenplay: 
Hwang Jo-Yun
Lim Joon-Hyung
Park Chan-Wook nach einer Mangageschichte von Tsuchiya Garon und Minegishi Nobuaki
Sound: 
Lee Seong-Chul
Camera: 
Jung Jung-Hoon
Editor: 
Kim Sang-Bum
Composer: 
Cho Young-Wuk
Decoration: 
Yoo Seong-Hee
Costume: 
Cho Sang-Kyung

Production: 
Show East Co. 10F New Seoul B/D 618-3 Shinsa-Dong, Gangnam-gu 135-894 Seoul, Südkorea T 2 3446 9590, yjsuh@cineclickasia.com
World Sales: 
Cineclick Asia 3F Incline Bldg., 891-37 Daechi-dong Gangnam-gu, Seoul, Südkorea T 2 538 0211, jeong@cineclickasia.com
Format: 
35 mm
Color

In this high-concept manga adaptation, already set for a Hollywood remake, a defiantly antisocial misfit finds himself enmeshed in an inexplicable and infernally baroque mindfuck. By the end of reel one hes been kidnapped, incarcerated in a mocked-up apartment, framed for murder, brainwashed, and put on a diet of shrimp dumplings and nonstop TV. He stays sane (more or less) by transforming himself into a rage-filled, revenge-ready one-man army. By the time hes cut loose 15 years later, he resembles a bedraggled desert-island castaway incongrously outfitted in a sharp suit. Park keeps the twists coming and handles the kick-ass setpieces with droll flair, steadily building to a denouement whose perversity is worthy of Jacobean tragedy. The final ignorance-is-bliss resolution, in which Parks protagonist frees himself from unbearable knowledge by submitting to hypnosis, would make Charlie Kaufman proud. (Gavin Smith)