Oldboy / 올드보이 is a Korean film, based on a Japanese manga of the same name. The film begins in medias res, with the silhouette of a man holding onto a rope-like object – a neck-tie, by which one man is dangling another off the edge of a building. The man holding the neck-tie is Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), who commands the other man to hear his story. The movie then cuts backward to the year 1988. Dae-su is a Korean businessman with a wife and daughter. On being picked up by police for being drunk and disorderly, he has to be bailed out by his friend, Joo-Hwan. While Joo-Hwan is in a phone booth talking with Dae-su’s daughter, Yeun-Hee, and his wife, Kim Ja-Hyun, Dae-su is kidnapped by unidentified people.
Tagline: 15 years of imprisonment… five days of vengeance.
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Produced by Lim Seung-yong
Written by Hwang Jo-yun, Park Chan-wook, Lim Chun-hyeong, Lim Joon-hyung, Garon Tsuchiya
Music by Yeong-wook Jo
Release date South Korea November 21, 2003, Germany September 2, 2004, France September 29, 2004, Hong Kong September 14, 2004, UK October 15, 2004, USA March 25, 2005
Running time 120 minutes
Country South Korea