Director Park Chan-wook’s flamboyant colors and giltzy cinematography and Choi Min-shik’s unforgettable performance have made Oldboy an international hit.
In this visually entrancing revenge thriller, Choi plays Oh Dae-su, an ordinary businessman who survives fifteen years of captivity in a single room only to be released and further tormented by his captor. As Dae-su uncovers the mysteries of his kidnapping, he leaves behind a trail of horrific vengeance. An international box office success, Oldboy cemented director Park’s reputation as a master of cruel pulp, and demonstrates Choi’s agility at split-second pivots from brutal emotion to heartless violence.
Oldboy is the final film in the mini-retrospective of Choi's works presented by The Korea Society as part of their ongoing “Korean Cinema Now” program with MoMI, the newly renovated Museum of the Moving Image.
This tribute is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.