Let’s get the IMDB plot synopsis out of the way.
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, he soon finds out that not only his kidnapper has still plans for him, but that those plans will serve as the even worse finale to 15 years of imprisonment.
This 2003 Korean film directed by auteur Park Chan-wook keeps the viewer on the edge throughout. Honestly, it was impossible to guess what would happen next. I usually classify a good movie if it features at least one jaw-dropping (or even genuinely tear-jerking) scene (or two) but Oldboy is one long descent into hell and beyond.
With brilliant film narrative, clever camera angles, sharp edits and moving acting (from Choy Min-sik, Yu Ji- Tae and Kang Hye-jeong), Oldboy keeps twisting and turning as the protagonist Oh Dae-su is made to pay for his careless words(in the mists of time) in the most horrific manner. As the realization of what has happened dawns on Oh, we share in his horror – it is one of most disturbing moments ever committed to film. With no conveniently happy Hollywood ending in sight.
Oldboy has to be seen to be believed. One of the best films ever made. IMHO.