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.
Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene with Dae-su in the sushi bar, a scene which provoked some controversy abroad. Eating live octopus in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew.
We put a hypnosis-inducing drug in your water
Dae-su Oh: Sodium barbiturate?
Mr. Park: Ha! TV Man knows it all!
Oh Dae-Su states that the maxim, "Free yourself, like a gazelle from the hand of the hunter, like a bird from the snare of the fowler," is from Proverbs 6:4; these numbers are emphasized shortly afterwards. The saying is actually from Proverbs 6:5.
Prior to the DVD release, some changes to audio were made. The most prominent is the beginning, where the initial music was being extended to the production logos. Those alternations are likely to be undone in the 10th anniversary remaster, as the director Park Chan-Wook claimed to "have changed nothing from the original film."
$44,465 (Hong Kong) (15 October 2004)