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Shockingly violent, powerfully visceral and definitely not for the squeamish, Park Chan-Wook’s bone-crunching revenge thriller Oldboy is a stylish and offbeat trip into the heart of darkness. Choi Min-sik stars as Oh Dae-su, a husband and father mysteriously imprisoned for 15 years without any explanation or chance of escape. When he’s finally set free (also without any explanation), he embarks on a blood-splattered journey of discovery and learns that the torment planned by his captor has just begun. Emotionally stunted but physically strong after his years of imprisonment, Oh Dae-su struggles to unravel the secret of who is responsible for locking him up, what happened to his wife and daughter, and how to best exact revenge upon his captors. This action-packed thriller features beautifully stylish direction and one of the most memorably nerve-wracking fight scenes ever captured on film, featuring nothing but a single hammer, a dozen thugs and a long hallway. The second part of Park Chan-Wook’s celebrated “Vengeance Trilogy” (preceded by Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and followed by Lady Vengeance), Oldboy is a stand-alone work of brutal art that takes audiences on a wild ride to places that most films dare not go. A favorite of Quentin Tarantino, Oldboy was the controversial winner of the Grand Prix at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival. (Dir. by Park Chan-Wook, 2003, South Korea, in Korean with subtitles, 120 min., Rated R) Digital