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* The original Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi, ''Manga.{{Oldboy}}''
* The 2003 Korean movie loosely adapted from the manga, ''Film.{{Oldboy}}''
* The 2013 film directed by Spike Lee, ''Film.{{Oldboy2013}}''

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* The original Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi, ''Manga.{{Oldboy}}''
{{Oldboy}}''.
* The 2003 Korean movie loosely adapted from the manga, ''Film.{{Oldboy}}''
{{Oldboy 2003}}''.
* The 2013 film directed by Spike Lee, ''Film.{{Oldboy2013}}''
{{Oldboy 2013}}''.
4th Dec '13 5:50:15 AM Ominae
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[[redirect:Film/{{Oldboy}}]]''Oldboy'' refers to one of the following:

* The original Japanese manga series written by Garon Tsuchiya and illustrated by Nobuaki Minegishi, ''Manga.{{Oldboy}}''
* The 2003 Korean movie loosely adapted from the manga, ''Film.{{Oldboy}}''

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->''Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.''


A South Korean movie very loosely based on a Japanese manga of the same name, and is the second and most well-known installment of [[ParkChanWook Park Chan-wook's]] Vengeance Trilogy, which begins with ''[[SympathyForMrVengeance Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance]]'' and ends with ''SympathyForLadyVengeance''. The film also has several parallels to ''TheCountOfMonteCristo'', as well as {{Shout Out}}s to ''TitusAndronicus''.

Oh Dae-su is an alcoholic businessman with a wife and daughter who is released by the police after a night of drunken misconduct, and then is abruptly kidnapped without a trace. Locked inside a hotel room, completely cut off from the outside world except for a TV, and drugged with knock-out gas every so often, he eventually learns that during his disappearance his wife has been killed, and he has been framed as the murderer. Enraged by his predicament, he finds ways to pass the time, writing his memoirs, [[TookALevelInBadass training his fists]] and slowly inching towards his eventual escape.

But just days before his long-awaited breakout fifteen years later, he is just as mysteriously released, with nice clothes, money, a cell phone, a severely weakened psyche, a fugitive status and a million unanswered questions. With the help of a female Japanese chef named Mido and one of his old computer-geek friends, he tries to piece together the scattered clues of who took his life away from him, cutting down anyone who gets in his path.

An English-language remake has been in development for some time, and SpikeLee has been chosen to direct with [[NoCountryForOldMen Josh]] [[AmericanGangster Brolin]] in the lead role.
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Oh Dae-su cuts out his own tongue to ensure he can never let Mi-do know that she is his daughter.]]
* AndIMustScream: Oh Dae-su's predicament for fifteen years.
** And then again, [[spoiler:after he cuts out his tongue.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Woo-jin gets his revenge, though he shoots himself in the head almost immediately afterwards.]]
* BatmanGambit
* BrotherSisterIncest: Woo-Jin and his sister.
* BoundAndGagged
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler:An exceedingly rare heroic example: Oh Dae-su accuses Woo-Jin of hypnotising him to forget that he was the initial cause of events that led to Woo-Jin's sister's suicide. However:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Lee Woo-Jin''': "You weren't drugged. You just forgot. It wasn't important to you."]]
* TheChessmaster: Lee Woo-Jin. And as the film picks up speed, [[XanatosSpeedChess he gets faster.]]
* CycleOfRevenge
* DawsonCasting: Inverted - the actor of Lee Woo-jin, Yoo Ji-tae, was born in 1976, while a scene in which his character is a teenager takes place in 1979.
* DeadLittleSister: Pretty much the crux of Woo-Jin's motivation.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Woo-Jin practically IS this trope.
** His reason for locking up Dae-Su for ''fifteen years?'' [[spoiler:"You talk too much."]]
* DropTheHammer
* EnigmaticMinion: Mr. Han, Woo-Jin's silent bodyguard. [[spoiler: He gets one line in the whole movie and almost kills Dae-Su before getting shot in the head by his employer.]]
* [=~Everything's Squishier With Cephalopods~=]: The live octopus-eating scene.
* EyeScream: Oh Dae-su stabs one of Woo-jin's henchmen in the eye with a broken toothbrush. We don't see anything gory, though.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Woo-jin]] takes a hot shower and puts on his best suit before shooting himself.
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler: The first time audiences see the sex scene between Dae-Su and Mido, it's probably tantalizing. Once they're hit with the revelation of Mido being his daughter, the scene is much less appealing in retrospect or upon repeated viewings.]]
* FiveFiveFive: Averted, as the address - both the street number and PO box - to Dae-su's daughter's foster parents in reality belongs to [[http://www.firsthotels.com/en/Our-hotels/Sweden/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Amaranten/ a hotel in Stockholm]].
* GambitRoulette: Woo-jin. So much.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Dae-su, after learning he has been framed for the murder of his wife.
** And when he finds out that [[spoiler:{{Squick}} Mido is his daughter.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Two occurances: When Dae-su rips out Mr Park's teeth with the fork of a hammer, [[spoiler: and when he cuts his own tongue out.]]
* IncestIsRelative: Well, Mido doesn't ''know''...
* InformedSelfDiagnosis
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique
* TheJailer
* LoveAtFirstSight: Deconstructed.
* NearRapeExperience: Interestingly, PlayedForLaughs.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Very Averted. The octopus was real.
** Octopuses. Four of them were used in all.
* TheOner: A number of them throughout the film.
* ParentalIncest
* PsychologicalHorror
* PunchAWall: A large part of Oh Dae-su's self-training.
* ShoutOut: To ''TitusAndronicus'' including the scene with the tongue, [[spoiler: and the father-daughter incest]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: Vivaldi's ''Winter'' plays while Oh Dae-su rips Mr Park's teeth out.
* {{Squick}}: Played first for laughs (like the octopus scene), but getting steadily darker as the film goes on.
* SurpriseIncest
* TokenRomance: Subverted in the case of Oh Dae-su and Mi-Do.
* TheToothHurts: The tooth-pulling scene.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Mido, and to a lesser extent Oh Dae-Su.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Woo-jin]] before his suicide.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer
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->''Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone.''


A South Korean movie very loosely based on a Japanese manga of the same name, and is the second and most well-known installment of [[ParkChanWook Park Chan-wook's]] Vengeance Trilogy, which begins with ''[[SympathyForMrVengeance Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance]]'' and ends with ''SympathyForLadyVengeance''. The film also has several parallels to ''TheCountOfMonteCristo'', as well as {{Shout Out}}s to ''TitusAndronicus''.

Oh Dae-su is an alcoholic businessman with a wife and daughter who is released by the police after a night of drunken misconduct, and then is abruptly kidnapped without a trace. Locked inside a hotel room, completely cut off from the outside world except for a TV, and drugged with knock-out gas every so often, he eventually learns that during his disappearance his wife has been killed, and he has been framed as the murderer. Enraged by his predicament, he finds ways to pass the time, writing his memoirs, [[TookALevelInBadass training his fists]] and slowly inching towards his eventual escape.

But just days before his long-awaited breakout fifteen years later, he is just as mysteriously released, with nice clothes, money, a cell phone, a severely weakened psyche, a fugitive status and a million unanswered questions. With the help of a female Japanese chef named Mido and one of his old computer-geek friends, he tries to piece together the scattered clues of who took his life away from him, cutting down anyone who gets in his path.

An English-language remake has been in development for some time, and SpikeLee has been chosen to direct with [[NoCountryForOldMen Josh]] [[AmericanGangster Brolin]] in the lead role.
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!!The film contains examples of:
* AlwaysSaveTheGirl: [[spoiler:Oh Dae-su cuts out his own tongue to ensure he can never let Mi-do know that she is his daughter.]]
* AndIMustScream: Oh Dae-su's predicament for fifteen years.
** And then again, [[spoiler:after he cuts out his tongue.]]
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:Woo-jin gets his revenge, though he shoots himself in the head almost immediately afterwards.]]
* BatmanGambit
* BrotherSisterIncest: Woo-Jin and his sister.
* BoundAndGagged
* ButForMeItWasTuesday: [[spoiler:An exceedingly rare heroic example: Oh Dae-su accuses Woo-Jin of hypnotising him to forget that he was the initial cause of events that led to Woo-Jin's sister's suicide. However:]]
--> [[spoiler:'''Lee Woo-Jin''': "You weren't drugged. You just forgot. It wasn't important to you."]]
* TheChessmaster: Lee Woo-Jin. And as the film picks up speed, [[XanatosSpeedChess he gets faster.]]
* CycleOfRevenge
* DawsonCasting: Inverted - the actor of Lee Woo-jin, Yoo Ji-tae, was born in 1976, while a scene in which his character is a teenager takes place in 1979.
* DeadLittleSister: Pretty much the crux of Woo-Jin's motivation.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Woo-Jin practically IS this trope.
** His reason for locking up Dae-Su for ''fifteen years?'' [[spoiler:"You talk too much."]]
* DropTheHammer
* EnigmaticMinion: Mr. Han, Woo-Jin's silent bodyguard. [[spoiler: He gets one line in the whole movie and almost kills Dae-Su before getting shot in the head by his employer.]]
* [=~Everything's Squishier With Cephalopods~=]: The live octopus-eating scene.
* EyeScream: Oh Dae-su stabs one of Woo-jin's henchmen in the eye with a broken toothbrush. We don't see anything gory, though.
* FaceDeathWithDignity: [[spoiler:Woo-jin]] takes a hot shower and puts on his best suit before shooting himself.
* FanDisservice: [[spoiler: The first time audiences see the sex scene between Dae-Su and Mido, it's probably tantalizing. Once they're hit with the revelation of Mido being his daughter, the scene is much less appealing in retrospect or upon repeated viewings.]]
* FiveFiveFive: Averted, as the address - both the street number and PO box - to Dae-su's daughter's foster parents in reality belongs to [[http://www.firsthotels.com/en/Our-hotels/Sweden/Stockholm/First-Hotel-Amaranten/ a hotel in Stockholm]].
* GambitRoulette: Woo-jin. So much.
* GoMadFromTheRevelation: Dae-su, after learning he has been framed for the murder of his wife.
** And when he finds out that [[spoiler:{{Squick}} Mido is his daughter.]]
* GoryDiscretionShot: Two occurances: When Dae-su rips out Mr Park's teeth with the fork of a hammer, [[spoiler: and when he cuts his own tongue out.]]
* IncestIsRelative: Well, Mido doesn't ''know''...
* InformedSelfDiagnosis
* JackBauerInterrogationTechnique
* TheJailer
* LoveAtFirstSight: Deconstructed.
* NearRapeExperience: Interestingly, PlayedForLaughs.
* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: Very Averted. The octopus was real.
** Octopuses. Four of them were used in all.
* TheOner: A number of them throughout the film.
* ParentalIncest
* PsychologicalHorror
* PunchAWall: A large part of Oh Dae-su's self-training.
* ShoutOut: To ''TitusAndronicus'' including the scene with the tongue, [[spoiler: and the father-daughter incest]].
* SoundtrackDissonance: Vivaldi's ''Winter'' plays while Oh Dae-su rips Mr Park's teeth out.
* {{Squick}}: Played first for laughs (like the octopus scene), but getting steadily darker as the film goes on.
* SurpriseIncest
* TokenRomance: Subverted in the case of Oh Dae-su and Mi-Do.
* TheToothHurts: The tooth-pulling scene.
* UnwittingPawn: [[spoiler:Mido, and to a lesser extent Oh Dae-Su.]]
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Woo-jin]] before his suicide.
* WhenAllYouHaveIsAHammer
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