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Rising Sun, Divided LandJapanese and South Korean Filmmakers$
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Kate Taylor-Jones

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165853

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165853.001.0001

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Film Analysis

Film Analysis



(p.138) Film Analysis
Rising Sun, Divided Land

Kate E. Taylor-Jones

Columbia University Press

This chapter analyzes Park Chan-wook's film Oldboy (Oldeuboi, 2003) about a man, Oh Dae-su, who is mysteriously kidnapped and held in isolation for fifteen years without human contact, and with no reason given for his incarceration. He is suddenly released and finds himself with money, designer clothes, and a challenge to discover why he was imprisoned for so long. A sense of violence pervades the entire film, which relates to the continual drive for vengeance that is spurring its protagonists. All elements of the film are linked into this force and any item can be used to provide a method for obtaining revenge. Oldboy is also dominated by a variety of colors that give it a tremendous level of intensity. Park stated that he wished the film to remind people of a thick oil painting, and the employment of bold colors such as black, red, and purple offers a layering effect that results in a film that is a palimpsest of color and textures.

Keywords:   Park Chan-wook, Korean film directors, Korean films, filmmakers, Oldboy, Oldeuboi, vengeance

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