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Oldboy (2003) 4K Restoration

Opens on August 18

Director: Park Chan-wook Run Time: 132 min. Rating: R Release Year: 2003

Starring: Choi Min-sik, Ji Dae-han, Kang Hye-jung, Kim Byeong-ok, Yoo Ji-tae

Country: South Korea
Language: South Korean with English subtitles

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of Park Chan-Wook’s cinematic masterpiece, newly restored and remastered in stunning 4K! All presentations at the Film Center will feature a prerecorded introduction and a post-screening conversation between Nicolas Winding Refn and Park Chan-wook.

About the film:

Imprisoned by a mysterious, sadistic captor for 15 years, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) survives only because of his will to get even with the villain who has made his life a living hell. But when he’s suddenly released without explanation, he finds himself further plunged into a Kafkaesque conspiracy.

A revenge film that transcends the genre, Oldboy (2003) won the 2004 Cannes Grand Prix, received international critical acclaim and numerous accolades, and is widely regarded as one of the best films ever made. With brilliant directing, acting, style, and a story with both incredible emotional depth and brutal violence – like the iconic one-take corridor fight scene – each viewing of Oldboy (2023) leaves a lingering impact that is hard to shake.

“A film that for many has acted as a gateway to South Korean cinema… Oldboy has lost none of its capacity to shock and delight”

—Kambole Campbell, Little White Lies

About the filmmaker:

Park Chan-wook is a celebrated South Korean film director, screenwriter, producer, and former film critic whose diverse body of work has earned him international recognition and respect, beginning with the Korean box office record-breaking Joint Security Area (2000). At the Cannes Film Festival, he was awarded the Grand Prix for Old Boy (2004), the Jury Prize for Thirst (2009), and Best Director for Decision to Leave (2022), which was shortlisted for Best International Feature Film at the 95th Academy Awards. He is also known for The Handmaiden (2016), Decision to Leave (2022), the English-language film Stoker (2013) and The Vengeance Trilogy, consisting of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003) and Lady Vengeance (2005). He also directed the television miniseries The Little Drummer Girl (2018) for the BBC.

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