Oldboy (2003)

Heavy is the hand that wields the hammer.

Smashing domes and taking names, Oh Dae-su careens through the streets, a blood-spattered ball of rage bent on finding out why 15 years of his life were taken.

Kidnapped, framed for his wife’s murder, imprisoned in a hotel room for a decade-and-a-half, he understandably has some built-up aggression to deal with.

The answers, though, when they start coming, get progressively more bonkers, as director Park Chan-wook, working from a Japanese manga, holds nothing back.

“Even though I am no better than a beast, don’t I have the right to live?”

Well … maybe.

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