Top 9 Oldboy Movie Facts

Following is our collection of Oldboy facts. Handpicked and verified, these little-known details can be obscure enough most people will miss. These behind the scene easter eggs and hidden messages will give you another view of Oldboy film message.

At the start of 'Oldboy' (2003) Woo-jin appears on a wanted poster above Dae-su.

The young woman Joe encounters near the start is wearing angel wings that are almost identical to the ones worn by the protagonist of the original Korean film the remake is based on.
The young woman Joe encounters near the start is wearing angel wings that are almost identical to the ones worn by the protagonist of the original Korean film the remake is based on.

Oldboy Hidden Details

1 - When Browning asks about the crossword puzzle question, and Joe replies "The Count Of Monte Cristo", which this film is a modern retelling of
When Browning asks about the crossword puzzle question, and Joe replies "The Count Of Monte Cristo", which this film is a modern retelling of

When Oh Dae Su enters an internet caf?, you can just barely spot someone playing Starcraft: Brood War in the background.

1 - . The melody that plays when Oh Dae Su is gassed and his phone's ringtone are both the villain's theme song.
. The melody that plays when Oh Dae Su is gassed and his phone's ringtone are both the villain's theme song.

Oh Dae-su, after questioning and torturing the foreman of the prison in which he spent 15 years, knows which cassette tape contains his enemy's conversation because it is the oldest in the tin.

1 - Detail in the Restaurant Scene in Oldboy
Detail in the Restaurant Scene in Oldboy

Tally marks appear multiple times. One of the victims killed with a hammer falls on the table, and in a brief shot the blood in his head forms tally marks.

Oldboy poster
Oldboy poster

Oldboy Plot

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Cast and Details

Here are the full cast and crew of Oldboy. The goofs, crazy credits, and trivia they have performed may have not taken your attention. Some are hidden for a reason, while others randomly forgotten.

Genre Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Director Chan-wook Park
Stars Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang, Dae-han Ji
IMDB score 8.4