Almost twenty years after its initial release, Park Chan-wook’s vicious masterpiece Olboy is back on the big screen in a glorious 4K restoration.
What more is there to say about Park Chan-wook’s bona fide masterpiece that exploded onto the silver screen and firmly established his already burgeoning reputation as one of the most fiercely talented, intelligent and visually arresting directors of his (or any!) generation?
Almost twenty years after its initial release, Oldboy retains the power to shock, to thrill and to capture the imagination unlike anything else before or since.
Meet Oh Dae-su, an average businessman, who after a long night of drinking in 1988 finds himself kidnapped and kept captive without any apparent reason. Kept imprisoned for 15 years, Oh Dae-su only hears the news of the outside world through the tv in his room – including the murder of his wife and his subsequent framing for it. He passes the time shadowboxing and thinking only of revenge. Then one day, without any indication, Oh Dae-su is released. Now he has to find out exactly who his mysterious captor was and demand answers…and revenge.
Crackling with wild and vicious energy, Oldboy is a live hand grenade tossed into the lap of the audience. As the intricate webs of the plot reveal the dark heart at the core of Oh Dae-su’s ordeal, the film also peels off layers, bringing depths into the genre that are often not explored: about character, penance and all the core tenets of what it means to be human.
It is a rare pleasure to be able to present Oldboy on the big screen, where its impact is felt the sharpest, where its eye-popping set pieces resonate the most and where its unforgettable score truly haunts us long after the final image has disappeared. Join us in celebrating the brilliantly mad vision of director Park Chan-wook.
Director Park Chan-wook
South Korea 2003
With Choi Min-sik, Yoo Ji-tae, Kang Hye-jeong