Movie: Oldboy (2003)
Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

The masochism associated with voluntarily watching Oldboy's hardcore tongue-slicing scene is twofold. One, there's the visceral, straightforward reaction that comes from watching a man cutting his tongue clean off. To director Park Chan-wook's credit, he drags the moment out just long enough to prolong the misery without giving audiences enough time to look away. You know it's coming, you think there's a chance that it won't actually happen, and then, wham, you're fighting back intense nausea.

The scene's other kind of impact is contextual. Oh Dae-su (Min-sik Choi) snips his licker to atone for the sin of unknowingly having sex with his daughter—if he can't speak, he'll never be able to tell her the truth. —MB