Winner of the Cannes’ Film Festival’s Grand Prix award in 2003, Park Chan-Wook‘s masterful and violent revenge thriller OLDBOY has since grown in popularity among discerning audiences, achieving a near cult-like status (and a remake, courtesy of Spike Lee in 2013). The film regularly gets requested at the Rio Theatre, and we are pleased to offer the brand new 2022 4K restoration. It’s a great time to revisit this title in advance of the upcoming release of the director’s highly anticipated murder mystery DECISION TO LEAVE (which recently won him the Best Director award at Cannes).
A violent, offbeat, and somewhat Shakesperean tale of punishment and vengeance, OLDBOY (“Oldeuboi”) screened in competition at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, winning the highly coveted Grand prix award. The film is centered on Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a husband and father with a reputation for womanizing. For reasons he doesn’t understand, he finds himself held captive and locked in a prison cell with no idea of his crime or who has put him there. With just a small television as his only link to the outside world and a daily ration of fried dumplings as his only sustenance, he struggles to keep his mind and body intact. 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 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 prison, he 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.
“Both brutal and lyrical, writer-director Park Chan-wook’s existential nail-biter has torture scenes that will have you avoiding dentists, sushi bars and badly appointed hotel rooms.” (New York Daily News)
“Shakespearean in its violence, OLDBOY also calls up nightmare images of spiritual and physical isolation that are worthy of Samuel Beckett or Dostoyevsky.” (Wall Street Journal)
Saturday, September 17
Doors 4:00 pm | Movie 4:30 pm
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OLDBOY “Oldeuboi” (Park Chan-wook, 2004 / 120 mins / 18A / Korean with English subtitles) An average man is kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. He then is released, equipped with money, a cellphone and expensive clothes. As he strives to explain his imprisonment and get his revenge, Oh Dae-Su soon finds out that his kidnapper has a greater plan for him and is set onto a path of pain and suffering in an attempt to uncover the motive of his mysterious tormentor.
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