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** Choi Min-sik spent six week of intense training to get into shape for the film, losing a total of twenty pounds and doing most of his own stunt work. He later regained the lost weight to shoot the opening scene of the film.

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** Choi Min-sik spent six week weeks of intense training to get into shape for the film, losing a total of twenty pounds and doing most of his own stunt work. He later regained the lost weight to shoot the opening scene of the film.



* LostInTranslation: Played in two ways. When Oh Dae-Su is released from his prison, he talks to the gang of kids and they act like they don't understand him. The movie was set in a time period when the Korean language had drastically changed over those fifteen years and Oh Dae-Su is speaking a very different dialect than the modern one. Unfortunately, this was lost in the English subtitles.



** A Japanese-language adaptation that would've adhered closer to the plot of the manga was planned but cancelled.

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** A Japanese-language Japanese language adaptation that would've adhered closer to the plot of the manga was planned but cancelled.

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* DyeingForYourArt:
** Choi Min-sik spent six week of intense training to get into shape for the film, losing a total of twenty pounds and doing most of his own stunt work. He later regained the lost weight to shoot the opening scene of the film.
** Yoo Ji-tae learned yoga for his role.


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* ThrowItIn:
** Choi almost entirely improvised his drunken opening monologue, including his playing with the angel wings. The wings in question were found by Park Chan-wook and Choi at a nearby store during filming and purchased on a whim, Choi incorporating it into the scene. The script originally called for him to moonwalk, but Choi didn't know how. The entire improvised rant ran almost a half-hour, and was cut down significantly in editing.
** Oh Dae-su banging his head after stopping Mido from reading the diary was improvised.


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* WhatCouldHaveBeen:
** A Japanese-language adaptation that would've adhered closer to the plot of the manga was planned but cancelled.
** Suk-kyu Han was recommended by Choi Min-sik for the role of Lee Woo-Jin, but turned it down due to being uncomfortable with the level of violence in the film. He later stated that he regretted the decision.


* UnderAgeCasting: The actor who plays Lee Woo-jin, Yoo Ji-tae, was born in 1976, while a scene in which his character is a teenager takes place in 1979. According to the director, this was done intentionally in order to symbolize the way that Lee Woo-jin wasn't able to let go of the past, compared to Oh Dae-su who has aged visibly.

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* UnderAgeCasting: The actor who plays Lee Woo-jin, Yoo Ji-tae, was born in 1976, while a scene in which his character is a teenager takes place in 1979. According to 14 years younger than the director, this was done intentionally in order actor playing Oh Dae-su even though their characters are supposed to symbolize be the way same age. This is intentional, to convey that Lee Woo-jin wasn't able is unable to let go of the past, compared past and has been living a pampered life, in comparison to Oh Dae-su Dae-su, who was locked away for 15 years and has aged visibly.

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* LimitedSpecialCollectorsUltimateEdition: Quite a few different editions for the film have been released, including various limited editions.

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* LostInTranslation: Played in two ways. When Oh Dae-Su is released from his prison, he talks to the gang of kids and they act like they don't understand him. The movie was set in a time period when the Korean language had drastically changed over those fifteen years and Oh Dae-Su is speaking a very different dialect than the modern one. Unfortunately, this was lost in the English subtitles.
* UnderAgeCasting: The actor who plays Lee Woo-jin, Yoo Ji-tae, was born in 1976, while a scene in which his character is a teenager takes place in 1979. According to the director, this was done intentionally in order to symbolize the way that Lee Woo-jin wasn't able to let go of the past, compared to Oh Dae-su who has aged visibly.
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