Oldboy (original Korean version)

Oldboy (original Korean version)

dir. Park Chan-wook, South Korea, 2003, 35mm, Korean with English subtitles, 120’

Oh Dae-su is an ordinary Seoul businessman with a wife and little daughter who, after a drunken night on the town, is locked up in a strange, private “prison” for 15 years. No one will tell him why he’s there and who his jailer is, but he is kept in reasonably comfortable quarters and has a TV to keep him company.

Watching TV though, he discovers he has been framed for his wife’s murder and realizes that, during one of the occasions in which he’s knocked out by gas, someone has drawn blood from him and left it at the scene of the crime. The imprisonment lasts for 15 years until one day when Dae-su finds himself unexpectedly deposited on a grass-covered high-rise roof. He’s determined to discover the mysterious enemy who had him locked up. While he’s eating in a Japanese restaurant, his cell phone rings and a voice dares him to figure out why he was imprisoned.

Winner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, Oldboy put South Korean Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Thirst, Stoker) into a prominent position as one of the most popular and critically-acclaimed contemporary Asian filmmakers. Spike Lee’s American remake of the film is due later in the fall but we are happy to present a rare screening of the original Oldboy from a 35mm print!

$7.00 - $9.00

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Oldboy (original Korean version)

Friday, October 4 · 7:00 PM at International House Philadelphia