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This 2003 revenger from Korean upstart Chan-wook Park is a multilayered, intensely performed, shockingly violent, and viscerally visual tour de force.
"...a wallet stuffed with cash. From here on out Oldboy plays like a reverse D.O.A., as Dae-su (once portly..."

April 29, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Spike Lee maintains the shuddery, visceral punch of the South Korean original, but something gets lost in translation.
"...The 2003 film Oldboy by South Korean auteur Park Chan-wook is that filmmaker’s..."

Nov. 29, 2013 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Starring Nicole Kidman, this first English-language outing of Korean fave Park Chan-wook is stylish but wanting.
"...Trilogy, the early-Aughties run of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance. In his English-language debut, he demonstrates..."

March 22, 2013 Movie Review by Kimberley Jones

Three ... Extremes
This lush and horrific anthology film from three of the finest craftsmen working today – Fruit Chan, Chan-wook Park, and Takashi Miike – is an instantly memorable and squirm-inducing assemblage.
"...Chan-wook Park’s "Cut" is next, with the director of Oldboy returning with a vengeance to his ongoing theme of..."

Oct. 28, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant Mayhem
The heroes in a half shell evolve into their most stylish adventure yet
"...hallway fight that draws clear inspiration from Park Chan-wook’s Oldboy. It’s as good as any action sequence you’ll see..."

Aug. 4, 2023 Movie Review by Matthew Monagle

Extraordinary Korean drama adds emotion to the thriller equation
"...of the norm: It doesn’t have horrific twists like Oldboy, or grotesque and grisly action sequences like in I..."

Nov. 9, 2018 Movie Review by Jenny Nulf

I Saw the Devil
A serial killer meets his match – and then some – in this nasty revenge drama from South Korea that's nevertheless executed with superlative style and wit.
"...who is best known stateside as the star of Oldboy). Kim’s South Korean revenge drama is a nasty piece..."

March 25, 2011 Movie Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Lady Vengeance
The South Korean master of revenge dramas, Park Chan-wook, offers another entertaining puzzle of emotional nuance, riotous color, and bloody hell.
"...this so-called revenge trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy, are nothing if not operatic, and "Cut," his segment..."

June 30, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
South Korean horror cultist Park Chan-wook's 2002 film is the opening freshet in his bloody cinematic triptych; it’s also a finely wrought and emotionally complex film of surpassing, stylized beauty.
"...Shin Ha-kyun, Song Kang-ho, Bae Du-na and Lim Ji-Eun. Oldboy, South Korean director Park’s recently released ode to vendetta-as-empowerment,..."

Sept. 9, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Vengeance Trilogy
Park Chan-wook's masterful trilogy explores the true cost of revenge on the person who willfully engages in it
"...the three, Sympathy paved the way for 2003's still-outrageous Oldboy, a formalist exercise in comedic self-destruction that hinges on..."

April 2, 2010 Screens Review by Marc Savlov

Park Chan-wook Lets Love Speak Softly in Decision to Leave
Telling a love story without the "I love you"
"...the romance through the stylized violence of films like Oldboy, or the heart-pounding sensuality of The Handmaiden. "The violence..."

Oct. 7, 2022 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Ring in the New Year With a Binge Watch
12 streaming shows to get you to midnight and beyond
"...guys and bad, series director Park Chan-wook (The Handmaiden, Oldboy) brings his signature trippy visuals and attention to color,..."

Dec. 27, 2018 Screens Post by Kimberley Jones

The Handmaiden
A stylish and alluring love triangle
" known for his 2003 Cannes Grand Prix winner Oldboy, that octopus-eating, hammer-ramming, incest-laden freak-out that wowed Tarantino and..."

Oct. 28, 2016 Movie Review by Josh Kupecki

The new film from the South Korean director of Oldboy is a stunning feast for the senses but veers off-track with its overlong meditation on vampirism.
"...terrific if uneven "vengeance" films Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Oldboy, and Lady Vengeance, as well as the nail-bitingly bizarre..."

Aug. 14, 2009 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Annapolis is a thick but hardly meaty slice of old-school Hollywood hokum.
"...the U.S. remake of the superlative South Korean mind-warper Oldboy, which may or may not be a good idea.)..."

Jan. 27, 2006 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Riding the Range
The year in film, 2005

Jan. 6, 2006 Screens Feature

Jet Li, in his first Western role of any depth, convincingly plays both man and beast, although a sentimental script by producer Luc Besson hampers the story.
" a cage will do that to you, as Oldboy’s Oh Daesu will attest. Out on his own, Danny..."

May 20, 2005 Movie Review by Marc Savlov

Fantastic Fest Raises a Smile With First Announcement
The Banshees of Inisherin, V/H/S/99, sharks, and more
"...Is… the Sun's Dream) through his international breakout with Oldboy, to his ongoing work in film and TV...."

Aug. 16, 2022 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

The Handmaiden's Tale
Sex, lies, and secrets in the U.S. premiere of Park Chan-wook's latest
"...anyone that has seen the infamous hammer massacre in Oldboy knows, Park is known for graphic violence. By contrast,..."

Sept. 23, 2016 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Fantastic Fest Snags Arrival
The Handmaiden, Sadako vs. Kayako in wave two
"...Ravager), wave two includes the latest from Park Chan-Wook (Oldboy), the critically lauded The Handmaiden; Ana Lily Amirpour's follow-up..."

Aug. 25, 2016 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

Apocalypse by the Trainload
Bong Joon-ho discusses his film 'Snowpiercer'
"...(reminiscent of his producer Park Chan-wook's hammer battle in Oldboy). Yet he worked closely with costume designer Catherine George..."

June 27, 2014 Screens Feature by Richard Whittaker

Exclusive Peek: Mike Mitchell Heads For Mondo
New show gives icons the portrait gallery treatment
"...Min-sik Choi as Dae-su Oh, the vengeance-fueled kinda-hero of Oldboy. Mitchell is promising that the other portraits will sweep..."

April 24, 2013 Screens Post by Richard Whittaker

FilmCraft: Directing
'FilmCraft: Directing' is fun reading for future filmmakers
"...discussion of the creation of an iconic sequence in Oldboy, and Peter Weir's explanation of why he cast Linda..."

Aug. 24, 2012 Screens Review by Marjorie Baumgarten

Five More to Die For, Part 2: Must-See Movies You Missed in 2011
What you missed: Na Hong-jin's 'The Yellow Sea'
"...Alongside fellow Seoul-based filmmakers Park Chan-wook (Oldboy), Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Mother), Kim Jee-woon (The Good,..."

Jan. 16, 2012 Screens Post by Marc Savlov

Full-Gore Press
Mind the viscera: Austin's horror filmmaking scene is exploding
" of my all-time favorite directors – I mean, Oldboy? C'mon! It was a dream come true."..."

Dec. 23, 2011 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

The Genre Regenerator
South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon wants to try it all
"...for his devastating performance in Park Chan-wook's instant classic Oldboy, only adds to the audience's mental malaise: How can..."

March 25, 2011 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Around the World of Weird
The many genre delights of Fantastic Fest 2008
"...that is really amazing, you know? I can enjoy Oldboy, which is a South Korean movie, and I can..."

Sept. 12, 2008 Screens Feature by Marc Savlov

Page Two: Let's Get Lost
An invocation on the eve of South by Southwest
"...Hal Hartley's Fay Grim; Sarah Kelly's The Lather Effect; Oldboy director Chan-wook Park's new film, I'm a Cyborg, but..."

March 9, 2007 Column by Louis Black

Page Two: Scratching the Surface
Festival films, the Austin Music Awards, and the truth about South by Southwest
"...Hartley's Fay Grim, and Sarah Kelly's The Lather Effect. Oldboy director Chan-wook Park's new film, I'm a Cyborg, but..."

March 2, 2007 Column by Louis Black

The Spirit of the Beehive
"They felt the film was ... simply unendurable. That no one would go see it."
"...Oldboy: Ultimate Collector's Edition (Tartan, $39.95): Three discs of Park..."

Dec. 22, 2006 Screens Review by Raoul Hernandez

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