Oldboy (20th Anniversary 4K Restoration)
9:30pm - Tuesday, Sep 19, 2023
Celebrating the 20th anniversary of Park Chan-Wook’s cinematic masterpiece, OLDBOY will be released in theaters, restored and remastered in stunning 4K.
A violent, offbeat, and somewhat Shakesperean tale of punishment and vengeance, OLDBOY ("Oldeuboi") screened in competition at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival, winning the highly coveted Grand prix award. The film is centered on Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), a husband and father with a reputation for womanizing. For reasons he doesn't understand, he finds himself held captive and locked in a prison cell with no idea of his crime or who has put him there. With just a small television as his only link to the outside world and a daily ration of fried dumplings as his only sustenance, he struggles to keep his mind and body intact. When he learns through a news report that his wife has been killed, he begins a long and difficult project of digging an escape tunnel with a pair of chopsticks. Before he can finish Oh Dae-su is released, with as little explanation as when he was locked up, and he's soon given a wad of money and a cellular phone by a bum on the street. Emotionally stunted but physically strong after 15 years in prison, he struggles to unravel the secret of who is responsible for locking him up, what happened to his wife and daughter - and how to best get revenge against his captors.
Winner of the Cannes' Film Festival's Grand Prix award in 2003, this masterful and violent revenge thriller has grown in popularity among discerning audiences, achieving a near cult-like status (as well as a remake, courtesy of Spike Lee in 2013).
"Both brutal and lyrical, writer-director Park Chan-wook's existential nail-biter has torture scenes that will have you avoiding dentists, sushi bars and badly appointed hotel rooms." (New York Daily News)
"Shakespearean in its violence, OLDBOY also calls up nightmare images of spiritual and physical isolation that are worthy of Samuel Beckett or Dostoyevsky." (Wall Street Journal)
Tuesday, September 19
Doors 9:00 pm | Movie 9:30 pm *Start time subject to change. Please arrive on time.
OLDBOY "Oldeuboi" (Park Chan-wook, 2004 / 120 mins / 18A / Korean with English subtitles) After being mysteriously kidnapped and imprisoned with no human contact for fifteen years, a man is suddenly released without any explanation. In a twisted game of cat and mouse, he has only five days to retrace his past, track down his captors, and get his revenge.
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