Grand Prix of the jury of the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, Park Chan-wook’s “Old Boy” will leave the catalog of the Amazon Prime Video platform on May 21st.
From Death Note to Ghost in the Shell, not to mention the infamous Dragonball Evolution, screen transpositions of Japanese works are usually synonymous with disappointment in the eyes of fans, and even the general public. However, one film has managed to ward off the curse: Old Boy by Park Chan-wook.
Presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, the South Korean feature film had left the Croisette with the Grand Prix of the jury chaired that year by a certain Quentin Tarantino; the latter had also campaigned for the Palm to be awarded to the film, an opinion that had not been shared by his jurors since it was finally the documentary Fahrenheit 9/11 that won the main prize of the Festival.
Old Boy is the adaptation of the eponymous manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya (available in 4 volumes by naBan editions). Although it is a free adaptation, the film follows the same plot as the original Japanese work: a man regains his freedom after being locked up for several years for a reason he does not know.
Beyond a simple adaptation, Park Chan-wook’s film took huge liberties with the manga’s narrative, changing the personality of the main character, the antagonist’s motive as well as the plot’s denouement. Darker, but also more violent, the feature film is among the most emblematic works of the new wave of South Korean cinema that appeared in the early 2000s.
Want to (re)see this electro-shock, usually presented as the best film adaptation of a manga? So don’t delay, since Old Boy will definitely leave the catalog of the Amazon Prime Video platform on May 21st!