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Old Boy - Quick Review

Discussion in 'Konoha Theatre' started by OniZabuza, Sep 25, 2005.

  1. OniZabuza

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    OMGWTF.

    That's the first thing you'll yell at the top of your lungs when the credits scroll after this new foreign film. Yes, the movie is that crazy, that well made, and that twisted!

    The basic plot is that a man, seemingly unimportant random guy, is captured by an unknown organization. He's locked in a cell for 15 years, and one day, randomly, released. He's given a new suit, cash, a cell phone, and just 5 days to solve the mystery. He's been training himself to fight the entire time he was imprisoned and he's ready to rock and roll.

    And despite the intensity of the action, its not the highlight of the film. The plot twistS WILL-BLOW-YOUR-MIND. Especially the final one. They are just crazy enough to make you say "HOLY SHIT" and just simple enough to follow and believe.

    "Old Boy" is a korean action / mystery movie that's just come out on DVD, and it has already recieved a boatload of critical acclaim. Well deserved I might add.

    Go check it out!
     
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    it's not really that new.
    it's been out for about 2 years. Park Chan-Wook (the director of "Old Boy") has a new movie called "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance". In fact, "Old Boy" is the 2nd in his revenge film trilogy. the trilogy consists of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance", "Old Boy" and the new "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance".

    only other Park Chan-Wook film i've seen "JSA: Joint Security Area" and that movie was awesome.
     
  3. CrazyMoronX

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    Old or not, I've never heard of it, though the title is familiar... Anyway, I'll definitly check this one out, along with the other movie in the trilogy.

    Sounds good anyway, mind blowing plot twists are always good business.
     
  4. EndlessRain

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    Ive always wanted to see this movie ever since i heard it on AOTS!! lol. Plus its a korean movie. I also heard that the ending is like crazy good different? Whatever it is its on my must-see list =]
     
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    Well the hammer scene is something so far unseen in cinema. The ending was unexpected too, yeah.
     
  6. OniZabuza

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    the hammer scene was way cool. whats AOTS?
     
  7. Nodoordonotthereisnotry

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    Well people, Old Boy is an old movie but yeah..it's that good.
     
  8. OniZabuza

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    lolol RAIN ON MY DAMN PARADE WHY DONT YA!

    Its new... you know how I kno? I found it in the NEW Releases section, k?

    It would be in OLD Releases if it was old, which it's obviously not.

    Ok, just because you people "pay attention to release dates" doesn't mean you rule the world, k?

    My milk said it expired last week. But I found it today. So its NEW. Damnit.
     
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    Saw this movie last year and it was kinda good, especially when the truth comes out ...
     
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    skip the american dvd release. i heard they did one of those PAL to NTSC conversions. so it's sped up a bit. if you want a quality release on DVD, get it from Korea or even Hong Kong.

    i also heard that "Old Boy" is based on a Japanese manga. anybody able to grab their hands on the manga? i'm curious to see how it looks like.
     
  11. OniZabuza

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    I've been looking for it too. And it's not noticably sped up in anyway, the American DVD is just rockin.
     
  12. tinlunlau

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    it's sped up, it's confirmed already.
    u should take a look at www.dvdtalk.com's forums. enough people mention it.
     
  13. OniZabuza

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    well, not to be a dick, but if you actually read what the people said on that forum it IS not sped up, tho originally they suspected it would be:


    WWPI Radio
    "I found it in Tower Records in the Philadelphia area. To answer Jago's question the dvd is not a PAL->NTSC port, and the film is a full 120 minutes."

    So go watch it!
     
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  14. tinlunlau

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    wuken from kfccinema and asiandvdguide.com can confirm if it is a PAL -> NTSC. hell.....he's done enough DVD comparisons with "Hero". real keen eye with dvd's, he has. have you seen movies who suffer the NTSC -> PAL conversions? everyone sounds like they're on helium. (had a friend give me a copy of Star Wars: Phantom Menace in PAL and everything sounds wack as hell)

    i've already seen it. got the hong kong disc a while ago.
    if you watched the documentaries, you should take note. actor Choi Min-Shik was really eating live octopus. you see him giggling over and over again during the bloopers.
     
  15. Jackal Iscariot

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    I. MUST. SEE. IT. :amazed


    and the story sounds pretty interestin too
     
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    Hellz yus, Old Boy was a total mind frag O.o .

    Ended up being alot better than I thought it would be ^_^ . Korean cinema kicks some serious ass.
     
  17. Last of the Uchihas

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    Best Korean movie i have ever seen, and trust me, i have seen a lot.
     
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    i was going to watch it but the copy i had, had like the worst subs ever. i could not understand what the heck was happening so yeah next time i find better quality subs.
     
  19. OniZabuza

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    haha man that would suck. the beginning can be confusing even with good ones
     
  20. Last of the Uchihas

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    You should buy it, is worth it.
     
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    I have this movie coming in through Netflix soon, it better not dissapoint, or someone is going to lose their testicles and/or breasts.
     
  22. Last of the Uchihas

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    lol, trust me, you will love it.

    Just wait until the last part of the movie, its.... shocking!!!!
     
  23. CrazyMoronX

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    Just watched the movie, it was pretty awesome.

    The ending wasn't as shocking as lead to believe though, I had it figured out around the time they revealed why he was in that room for 15 years... great movie though.
     
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    See, we told you its was great.

    At first you speculate but you are still not so sure until the end.

    But the most shocking part not was the secret, but the decision he makes at the end.


    Which makes you wonder who really die, the monster in him or the human.
     
  25. OniZabuza

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    the plot twist smacked me in the face. i didn't see it coming at all... althought i admit, my gf and my roommate did
     
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    lol

    It sucks to be the last one to find out. :p
     
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    I don't know, not seeing it coming has its own merit for the surprise. I think the cinematography and narrative are well done enough not to make you too bothered even if you do figure it out early on.

    It's good to see a number of fans here to for a excellent quality foreign film.
     
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    Wow I was thinking of seeing Old Boy... I'll be sure to check it out.
     
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    Oldboy

    This is by far the most f'd up movie I have ever read. The main charcter Oh-Dae-Su, is held in captivity for 15 years. When he gets out he sets out on a quest to find out why he was put there and meets a young sushi chef, Mido, and [...]. they end up falling for each other. Meanwhile the rich gentleman who imprisoned him wants hime to play a most dangerous game and threatens to kill Mido and it turns out that Mido is:
    Spoiler: UBER SPOILER DO NOT READ, IF YOU DO ITS NOT MY FAULT!!!
    His daughter and that he was put in jail by this man because the rich man had sex with his sister and Oh-Dae-Su spread the rumour, inoffensively. She killed herself. And the rich man spends his entire life on ruining Oh's.
     
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    "Oldboy" is a rare gem in cinema. Not too many films are made like this. It is a bit over-rated, but a great film none-the-less.

    Anyone who has not seen it, should check it out.
     
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