Friday, 4 September 2009

Old Boy

"Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone."
Old Boy is a 2003 South Korean film directed by Park Chan-Wook based loosely on a Japenese manga of the same name. The film is all about vengence and it is a interesting depiction of human nature and the depths that we can go to to seek vengence. The dark depths of vengence are something that would not ever really be seen in a western film. This is an interesting incite into the differences of story telling in different cultures across the world. The ending is deliberately ambiguous in order to generate discussion and allow each viewer to interpret in their own way. It has been hailed as one of the greatest asian films of all time. I find it as a source of inspiration as it challenged the way I think about human nature. The fantastic cinematography adds a lot to the film as well. My favourite scene being when Oh Dae-Su eats a live octapus (apparently he had to do this 3 times until the director was happy with the take!) I would strongly recommend this film to anyone who has not seen it.

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