I saw this movie last year on the big screen at a local arthouse theater; it was my first viewing. To say I was blown away would be a massive understatement. Caught it again on Blu-Ray; yes, I went home from the showing and put it on my list of movies to buy on Blu-Ray ASAP. It's just one of the strangest, most exciting, darkest, grimmest, most violent, most stylish films ever made. From a nearly three minute fight sequence done in a single shot to the brutally dark premise of a man imprisoned for fifteen years without any idea why to a gruesome sequence in sushi restaurant to the astonishingly harrowing climax, it's a film that simply must be seen. Choi Min-Sik was, as memory serves, my top male performance of last year and Park Chan-wook was my best director; I know Oldboy was in my top ten films, though it didn't get the number one spot. But if you haven't seen it, you absolutely really must. Great film. Highly recommended. **** stars.
Je n'aime pas dans les vieux films américains quand les conducteurs ne regardent pas la route. Et de ratage en ratage, on s'habitue à ne jamais dépasser le stade du brouillon. La vie n'est que l'interminable répétition d'une représentation qui n'aura jamais lieu.