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* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: ''Very'' averted. Four real octopuses were used for the eating scene. (Choi Min-sik, a Buddhist in real life, gave a prayer before eating each one.) On the other hand, PlayedStraight as the man who jumps to his death holding a dog near the beginning is holding a rather obvious dummy when he lands.

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* NoAnimalsWereHarmed: ''Very'' averted. Four real octopuses were used for the eating scene. (Choi Min-sik, a Buddhist in real life, gave a prayer before eating each one.) On the other hand, PlayedStraight as the man who jumps to his death holding a dog near the beginning is holding a [[SpecialEffectsFailure rather obvious dummy dummy]] when he lands.


** On the wall of Mi-Do's bedroom there's a picture of ''Film/KingKong1933''.

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** On the wall of Mi-Do's Mi-do's bedroom there's a picture of ''Film/KingKong1933''.

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** To ''Film/BrideOfFrankenstein'' which is briefly shown on the TV of Dae-su's prison hab.


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** On the wall of Mi-Do's bedroom there's a picture of ''Film/KingKong1933''.

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* MissingFloor: The illegal prison that Oh Dae-su was held in for 15 years is located in an unlisted floor in a high-rise, which is accessed by pressing the elevator buttons for floors 7 and 8 at the same time. The "warden" of the prison refers to the location as "floor 7.5".


* TheEndingChangesEverything: After TheReveal regarding Woo-jin's motives and [[spoiler: the true nature of Dae-su and Mi-do's relationship]], at least half the film starts to look ''very'' different for viewers on subsequent watches. The actual ending also plays a part as [[spoiler:Dae-su's painful smile]] can lead to different interpretations.

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: After TheReveal regarding Woo-jin's motives and [[spoiler: the true nature of Dae-su and Mi-do's relationship]], at least half the film starts to look ''very'' different for viewers on subsequent watches. The actual ending also plays a part as [[spoiler:Dae-su's painful smile]] can lead to different interpretations.interpretations of what exactly happened in the previous scene.



* IncestantAdmirer: [[spoiler: After learning the horrid truth that his lover Mi-Do is his long-lost daughter, Dae-Su gets his memory of the revelation wiped just so he can move on and continue to date his child. Dae-Su knew the truth but Mi-Do didn't. ]]

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* HourglassPlot: The story begins with Dae-su looking to take revenge on the person responsible for locking him up for fifteen years. [[spoiler:He eventually finds his target Woo-jin, who later informs Dae-su that he hypnotized Dae-su into falling in love with his own daughter as revenge for Soo-ah's death. It is at this point that Dae-su loses interest in killing Woo-jin and begs for mercy instead.]]
* IncestantAdmirer: [[spoiler: After learning the horrid truth that his lover Mi-Do Mi-do is his long-lost daughter, Dae-Su Dae-su gets his memory of the revelation wiped just so he can move on and continue to date his child. Dae-Su Dae-su knew the truth but Mi-Do didn't. didn't.]]



-->'''Oh Dae-Su''': Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use? [successfully defeats several thugs] ''Apparently, it can.''\\

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-->'''Oh Dae-Su''': Dae-su''': Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use? [successfully defeats several thugs] ''Apparently, it can.''\\



'''Oh Dae-Su''': Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use? [fought off by a helpless young woman] ''No. It can't.''

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'''Oh Dae-Su''': Dae-su''': Can the imaginary training of fifteen years be put to use? [fought off by a helpless young woman] ''No. It can't.''


* UnreliableNarrator: This is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] in the case of [[spoiler:Dae-su as his narration of events is trustworthy until the ending in which he meets the hypnotist. As the film points out, there is only one set of footprints in the snow, meaning that the meeting between the hypnotist and him, along with the hypnotization he underwent, may not have happened.]]

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* UnreliableNarrator: This is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] in the case of [[spoiler:Dae-su as his narration of events is trustworthy until the ending in which he meets the hypnotist. As the film points out, there is only one set of footprints in the snow, meaning that the meeting between the hypnotist and him, along with the hypnotization later LaserGuidedAmnesia he underwent, may not have happened.]]


* TheEndingChangesEverything: After TheReveal regarding Woo-jin's motives and [[spoiler: the true nature of Dae-su and Mi-do's relationship]], at least half the film starts to look ''very'' motive.

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* TheEndingChangesEverything: After TheReveal regarding Woo-jin's motives and [[spoiler: the true nature of Dae-su and Mi-do's relationship]], at least half the film starts to look ''very'' motive. different for viewers on subsequent watches. The actual ending also plays a part as [[spoiler:Dae-su's painful smile]] can lead to different interpretations.


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* UnreliableNarrator: This is [[DownplayedTrope downplayed]] in the case of [[spoiler:Dae-su as his narration of events is trustworthy until the ending in which he meets the hypnotist. As the film points out, there is only one set of footprints in the snow, meaning that the meeting between the hypnotist and him, along with the hypnotization he underwent, may not have happened.]]

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* {{Foreshadowing}}: When Mr Han gives Park a box full of cash, Park smiles fondly at his hand and adjusts his pinky ring. [[spoiler: A subtle hint that he willingly gives up his hand as part of Woo-Jin's plan.]]


* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend]]: Oh Dae-su and Mi-do. [[spoiler:They are both this and TheUglyGuysHotDaughter due to ParentalIncest. Justified since Woo-jin hypnotized them into falling in love with each other.]]

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* [[UglyGuyHotWife Ugly Guy, Hot Girlfriend]]: UglyGuyHotWife: Oh Dae-su and Mi-do. [[spoiler:They are both this and TheUglyGuysHotDaughter due to ParentalIncest. Justified since Woo-jin hypnotized them into falling in love with each other.]]


* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: One the villain fully set up.

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* CycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: One the villain fully set up. ]]


* AntiHero: Dae-su after his imprisonment suffers from some severe trust issues and is ''brutal'' towards his enemies. He's still overall a sympathetic character, however, which makes what happens to him all the worse.



* AwfulTruth: [[spoiler: The reveal that he fell in love and had sex with his own daughter utterly ''breaks'' Dae-su, who resorts to desperate begging and eventually cutting out his own tongue just so that Woo-jin won't tell her the truth. In the aftermath, he has the hypnotist wipe his memories of the truth just so he can keep living.]]



* ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler: Dae-su's daughter, who is discussed in the prologue and given a few mentions afterwards. Turns out she's actually Mi-do.]]



* CycleOfRevenge

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* CycleOfRevengeCycleOfRevenge: [[spoiler: One the villain fully set up.



* TheEndingChangesEverything: After TheReveal regarding Woo-jin's motives and [[spoiler: the true nature of Dae-su and Mi-do's relationship]], at least half the film starts to look ''very'' motive.



* KillEmAll: Surprisingly averted in this {{Revenge}} story.

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* KillEmAll: Surprisingly averted in this {{Revenge}} story. Of the six named characters [[spoiler: both of the leads survive, albeit one not exactly intact, as does a secondary villain.]]



* RealityEnsues: Dae-su after his imprisonment is ''good'' at fighting, but he's a OneManArmy because the people he fights are hired thugs. When he goes up against Mr Han, a trained bodyguard, he does much worse, and only wins by sheer luck.



* SacrificialLion: [[spoiler: Joo-Hwan, Dae-su's best friend, is murdered by Woo-Jin after revealing the source of Woo-jin's motivations due to [[BerserkButton calling his sister a whore]]. Dae-su takes his death quite badly.]]



%%** A reference to ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' is also made early on.

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%%** ** A reference to ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' is also made early on.on. Pointedly, this bears obvious parallels to Dae-su's situation.


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* {{Tragedy}}: One of the most harrowing ones in film history. Fittingly, [[spoiler: the story is patterned on Oedipus, one of the best known Greek Tragedies.]]


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* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Mr Han has bleached white hair.
* WholePlotReference: The story is basically ''Literature/TheCountOfMonteCristo'' crossed with [[spoiler: a reversed form of Oedipus.]]


** The prison Dae-su was locked in is located on the [[Film/BeingJohnMalkovich seventh-and-a-half floor]] of a building.



** The prison Dae-su was locked in is located on the [[Film/BeingJohnMalkovich seventh-and-a-half floor]] of a building.


* AgeGapRomance: While Oh Dae-su isn't a senior citizen (so MayDecemberRomance is averted), he's still old enough to be Mi-do's father. [[spoiler: And he is.]]



* MayDecemberRomance: Oh Dae-su is old enough to be Mi-do's father. [[spoiler: And he is.]]


* KillThemAll: Surprisingly averted in this [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/revenge Revenge]] story.

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* KillThemAll: KillEmAll: Surprisingly averted in this [[https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/revenge Revenge]] {{Revenge}} story.


* DisproportionateRetribution: Woo-jin practically IS this trope.
** His reason for locking up Dae-su for ''fifteen years?''
--> '''Woo-jin:''' Oh Dae-su talks too much.
** [[spoiler:This ends up not being the case at all, however, because what Oh Dae-su talked too much ''about'' happened to result in Woo-jin's reputation being destroyed and his sister killing herself. [[SubvertedTrope Not so disproportionate after all, ay?]]]]

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* DisproportionateRetribution: {{Subverted|Trope}}. Woo-jin practically IS this trope.
** His
appears to present his plan as this, as when he said that his reason for locking up Dae-su for ''fifteen years?''
--> '''Woo-jin:''' Oh
years'' was "Oh Dae-su talks too much.
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much." [[spoiler:This ends up not being the case at all, however, because what Oh Dae-su talked too much ''about'' happened to result in Woo-jin's reputation being destroyed and his sister killing herself. [[SubvertedTrope Not so disproportionate after all, ay?]]]]ay?]]

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