Director: Chan-wook Park
After 15 years of seemingly random imprisonment in a hotel room, Oh Dae-su escapes and proceeds to take revenge on his captors in gloriously heinous fashion. In this supremely violent and shocking foreign language thriller, Oldboy manages to perfectly weave brutal action with an engaging story. Whereas most action movie stars nowadays rely on impersonal weaponry, Oh Dae-su wields his trusty hammer to dole out heaping helpings of crimson-splattered justice up close and personally.
This is a low-down, dirty thriller set in a seedy world filled with crime and incest. Despite being based off of the Japanese manga, this flick bears little resemblance to the graphic novel and comic adaptations that we get in the States. This one pulls no punches and brings us a level of visceral storytelling that could only come from the Far East.