R | | Action, Drama, Mystery
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.
The restaurant that Mido works in is called "Mediterranean", which is the name of the restaurant in real life, but the director originally intended for it to be called "Akira" - not as a reference to the popular Manga, but to the Japanese director Akira Kurosawa.
The TV is both a clock and a calendar. It's your school, your home, your church, your friend...
Dae-su Oh: ... and your lover. But... my lover's song is too short.
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.
Chan Park Wook stated on his solo DVD commentary that there is an edited version of Oldboy for television broadcast. It omits some of the more extreme violence and the love scene between Oh Dae Su and Mido.
$44,465 (Hong Kong) (15 October 2004)
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