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South Korea, 2004 (MIFF 2004, Regional Focus)

Director: Park Chan-wook

Old Boy South Korea

'a wild, intensely cinematic ride.' -Variety

Winner of the Cannes Grand Prix award, Old Boy is an electrifying tale of revenge from Festival favourite Park Chan-wook (Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, MIFF 2003).

'One day in 1988, an ordinary man named Oh Dae-su, who lives with his wife and adorable daughter, is kidnapped and later wakes up to find himself in a private makeshift prison. Dae-su asks himself what made a man hate him so much to imprison him without any reason. While suffering from his debacle, Dae-su becomes shocked when he watches the news and hears that his beloved wife was brutally murdered. At this very moment, Dae-su swears to take revenge on the man who destroyed his happy life. 15 years have passed and Dae-su is released with a wallet filled with money and a mobile phone. An unknown man calls Dae-su and asks him to figure out why he was imprisoned.' -Cannes Film Festival

'Park Chan-wook has harnessed a mesmerising premise and visualised it with a rousing smear of sensory abrasions. Old Boy is technically masterful' we're riveted throughout, almost pulled into the protagonist's mania.' -The Hollywood Reporter

Park Chan-wook is a guest of the Festival.

Please note: contains scenes that may offend some viewers

D Park Chan-wook P Kim Dong-joo S Hwang Jo-yoon, Im Joon-hung, Park Chan-wook WS Cineclick Asia L Korean w/English subtitles TD 35mm/Col/2003/119mins

Park Chan-wook was born in South Korea in 1963. Films include: Joint Security Area (MIFF 2001), Sympathy for Mr Vengeance (MIFF 2003).

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