Movie: Oldboy (2003)
Writer: Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya (original Japanese manga); Hwang Jo-yun, Park Chan-wook, Lim Chun-hyeong, Lim Joon-hyung, Garon Tsuchiya (screenplay)
Poor Dae-su (Min-sik Choi) can’t catch a break in Oldboy, director Chan-wook Park’s notorious adaptation of Tsuchiya Garon’s popular Japanese Manga. First, he’s unexpectedly sent to prison for 15 years, confined in a windowless cell, and forced to learn about how he’s been framed for his wife’s murder andhis three-year-old daughter has been sent to a foster home all on the television.
Naturally, once Dae-su’s out of the clink, he immediately goes on a brutal rampage to find out who set him up and ice the fools, all while meeting and eventually sleeping with cute, young sushi chef, named Mi-do (Kang Hye-jeong).
His vengeance-seeking efforts lead him to an old grade school classmate named Woo-jin (Yu Ji-tae), who screwed Dae-su over as payback for decades-old grudge revolving around schoolyard rumors that Woo-jin was banging his sister, chatter that caused her to commit suicide. But the worst part of Woo-jin’s evil scheme? He’d raised Mi-do, who’s actually Dae-su’s daughter, while pops was locked up and hypnotized her to fall in love with Dae-su once they met.
Dae-su, understandably horrified and ashamed, atones for his sins like any sane man would: He cuts off his tongue using rusty scissors. Which Park shows in all of its hideous, look-away-now horror.