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Oldboy

Visual Mastery & Hypnotic Storytelling

For those who would like an introduction to Chan-wook, Oldboy is a fine place to start. Even the opening credits are stylized in Chan-wook's engrossing and violent second chapter of his "Revenge" (separate from "Extremes") trilogy. The follow-up to Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance follows Oh-Dae Su as he tries to unravel the mystery behind his mysterious and inhumane incarceration.

Veteran Korean actor Choi-min Sik's deadpan delivery works perfectly beside his wild physical maneuverings and lends a bit of humor to some of his numerous gruesome acts. Reminiscent of both Quentin Tarantino's Kill Bill and David Fincher's The Game, Chan-wook's latest picture is an exhibition of both visual mastery and hypnotic storytelling.