18 certificateOldboy is a Film programme that first aired in 2003 and has been classified a 18 certificate.

Oldboy is a 4 star programme

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Oldboy (2003)

Directed by
Chan-wook Park

Asian cinema continues to challenge the complacent west and never better than with Korean director Park Chan-Wook's 2003 visceral thriller.

Oh Dae-Su (Min-sik Choi) is an obnoxious drunk bailed from the police station yet again by a friend. But he's abducted from the street and wakes up in a cell, where he remains for the next 15 years, drugged unconscious when human contact is unavoidable, otherwise with only the television as company. And then, suddenly released, he is invited to track down his jailor with a denouement that is simply stunning. Along the way comes his superbly choreographed fight against multiple foes armed just with a hammer, and the ingestion of a live octopus.

Never easy viewing but always compulsive.

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Genre: Film

Production Year: 2003

4/5 Stars

Classification: 18 Certificate

Production Country: South Korea

Filmed in Colour


Min-sik Choi...Dae-su Oh
Ji-tae Yu...Woo-jin Lee
Hye-jeong Kang...Mi-do
Dae-han Ji...No Joo-hwan
Dal-su Oh...Park Cheol-woong
Byeong-ok Kim...Mr. Han
Seung-Shin Lee...Yoo Hyung-ja
Jin-seo Yun...Lee Soo-ah
Dae-yeon Lee...Beggar
Kwang-rok Oh...Suicidal Man
Tae-kyung Oh...Young Dae-su
Yeon-suk Ahn...Young Woo-jin
Il-han Oo...Young Joo-hwan
Su-hyeon Kim
Seung-jin Lee