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.
|崔岷植 (Min-sik Choi)||饰||Dae-su Oh|
|Ji-Tae Yoo||饰||Woo-jin Lee|
|池大汉 (Dae-han Ji)||饰||No Joo-hwan|
|Dal-su Oh||饰||Park Cheol-woong|
The film begins in medias res, with the silhouette of a man holding onto a rope-like object -- a neck-tie, by which one man is dangling another off the edge of a building. The man holding the neck-tie is Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik), who commands the other man to hear his story.The movie then cuts backward to the year 1988. Dae-su is a Korean businessman with a wife and daughter. On his daughter's fourth birthday, he is picked up by police for being drunk and disorderly. He harrasses several other people at the police station, showing them the angel's wings he bought for his daughter. Finally, he …
- 声音混合： Dolby Digital
- 纵横比：2.35 : 1
|出品公司||Egg Films (in association with)|
|Moho Film (production)|
|CJ E&M Film Financing & Investment Entertainment & Comics (as CJ JSA Entertainment Comics)|
|发行公司||Tartan (subtitled) (2005) (Theatrical) (United States)|
|Hakuhodo DY Music & Pictures (2018) (All media) (Japan)|
|Russian Report (2020) (Theatrical) (Russia)|
|首映票房（美国）||$68,957, 27 March 2005|
- 崔岷植 trained for six weeks and lost twenty pounds to get in shape for the role of Dae-su, and did most of his own stunt work.
- The line on the painting of Dae Su's cell reads "Laugh and the world laughs with you. Weep and you weep alone." These are the first lines of Ella Wheeler Wilcox's famous poem, "Solitude".
- Four live octopodes were eaten for the scene with Dae-su in the sushi bar, a scene which provoked some controversy abroad. Eating live octopus in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew.