By Vitor Guima
The second part of Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance Trilogy, “Oldboy” stars Min-sik Choi as Oh Dae-su, a man who is kidnapped and imprisoned for 15 years without any apparent reason. When he is released all those years later, he is given clothes, money, and a cell phone, still not knowing why he was incarcerated. Searching for revenge, he discovers that his kidnapper has a plan for him.
This film from 2003, which was released between “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance” (2002) and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance” (2005), is ranked at 30 on BBC’s list of the 100 Greatest Films of the 21st Century and it also won the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival, when Quentin Tarantino was the president of the jury.
Many themes are explored in Park’s masterpiece, such as past sins that influence the present and the future, revenge, violence, hatred, and redemption. The corridor scene is among the most remarkable single shots in cinema history and the direction of this film is exceptional.
“Oldboy” has so many layers and deeper meanings that it can be enjoyed as an action-revenge film or as a philosophical and very human tale of redemption. With that in mind, here is a selection of 10 movies (in fact, 12) that might establish a dialogue with “Oldboy” in one or more of its themes.
So, here are 10 films you should watch if you liked Oldboy.
1. Confessions (2010), directed by Tetsuya Nakashima
Written and directed by Tetsuya Nakashima and based on the novel by Kanae Minato of the same name, “Confessions” is a tale about grief and vengeance taking place on the last day of class at a junior high school.
The story follows a teacher, Yuko Moriguchi (Takako Matsu), who announces her resignation on this day. She then tells the students about → continue…
From:: Taste Of Cinema