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FULL SYNOPSIS

South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook directed this violent and offbeat story of punishment and vengeance. Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) is a husband and father whose reputation for womanizing is well known. One day, for reasons he doesn't understand, Oh Dae-su finds himself locked up in a prison cell, with no idea of what his crime was or whom his jailers may be. With a small television as his only link to the outside world and a daily ration of fried dumplings as his only sustenance, Oh Dae-su struggles to keep his mind and body intact, but when he learns through a news report that his wife has been killed, he begins a long and difficult project of digging an escape tunnel with a pair of chopsticks. Before he can finish -- and after 15 years behind bars -- Oh Dae-su is released, with as little explanation as when he was locked up, and he's soon given a wad of money and a cellular phone by a bum on the street. Emotionally stunted but physically strong after 15 years in jail, Oh Dae-su struggles to unravel the secret of who is responsible for locking him up, what happened to his wife and daughter, and how to best get revenge against his captors. Oldeuboi was screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and won the coveted Grand Prix. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:March 25, 2005

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Blue Dragon Film Awards Park Chan-wook Best Director 2003 Winner
Blue Dragon Film Awards Choi Min-Sik Best Actor 2003 Winner
Blue Dragon Film Awards Gang Hye-jeong Best Actress 2003 Winner

Cast

Choi Min-Sik
as Oh Dae-Su
Gang Hye-jeong
as Mido
Yu Ji-tae
as Lee Woo-Jin

Crew

Park Chan-wook
Director
Kim Dong-ju
Producer
Park Chan-wook
Screenwriter
Lim Jun-hyeong
Screenwriter
Hwang Jo-yun
Screenwriter
Chung Chung-Hoon
Cinematographer
Jo Yeong-wook
Musical Direction/Supervision
Kim Sang-beom
Editor
Syd Lim
Co-producer
Kim Jang-wook
Executive Producer
Lee Sang-wook
Sound/Sound Designer
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