R | | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.
When talking about sleeping gas used by Russian special forces, Oh Dae-su refers to 2002 Moscow 'Nord-ost' theater hostage crisis.
You stayed in a place like this for fifteen years?
Dae-su Oh: Yeah, but after the first eleven it felt like home.
Despite having been imprisoned and isolated from the outside world for 15 years, Oh Dae-Su is shown to be familiar with the operation of a modern cell phone, something that would have been very rare (and completely different from the flip-top handset Dae-Su has) in South Korea when he was imprisoned in the late 80s. However, Dae-Su watched television for 15 years and it is highly likely that at some point he saw a modern cell phone being used.
$44,465 (Hong Kong) (15 October 2004)
$2,181,290 (USA) (20 December 2013)
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