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Old Boy

An ordinary Korean man is inexplicably kidnapped and imprisoned for 15-years of solitude during which he learns that his unknown captor has murdered his wife. Once released with only a wallet full of money and a cell phone, our hero seeks brutal revenge on his mysterious and brutal abductors, and uses a hammer against a team of thugs in a classic virtuoso fight scene that matches the intensity of Bruce Lee's best on-screen battles. Chan Wook Park ("Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance") directs with a hard postmodern style that perfectly frames his take-no-prisoners approach to brooding violence. Park's cinema of deception, revenge and combat comes from a specifically Korean mindset that is elusive and haunting. This is an especially dark Korean super-action film that you will not soon forget. Special features include an optional English language dub, audio commentary by director Chan Wook Park and cinematographer Chung Chung-hoon, and deleted and alternate scenes with an optional director's commentary. Aspect ratio is 2.35:1, with sound quality processed in Dolby Digital EX 5.1 Surround Sound on the Korean language version, and standard Dolby Digital 5.1 on the English language dub version. (Movie - Four Stars, DVD features - Two Stars) Rated R, 119 mins. (Tartan Video)

September 25, 2005 | Permalink