“The truth will set you free,” Oh Dae-Su, the film’s protagonist, believes. For 15 years, he was imprisoned. Dae-Su is on a never-ending search for the man who put him there. He must understand why everything that occurs to him occurs; why any of these events occur to him, and what did he do to deserve this fate. The intriguing aspect of Old boy is that Dae-“ignorance” Su’s was the very thing that kept him free. In the end, his reality transforms into a brand new jail.
Oh, Dae-Su is sentenced to prison after yet another night of reckless revelry. He misses his daughter’s birthday, but his friend bails him out the next day. He loses consciousness after that, only to awaken in a prison with a trap-door for food and a TV that informs him that he murdered his wife. He has no recall of the crime and is convinced that something more dangerous is lurking nearby. Every day at a predetermined moment, Valium gas is released into his prison cell, and he relives the same day in a loop.
Synopsis of the plot of Old boy
He trains and swears to get to the bottom of the mystery — who did this to him and why – consumed by the prospect of vengeance. His release fifteen years later is marked by a sequence of odd incidents that lead him to assume that something eviler is at work. Along the way, he meets Mi-do (Kang Hye-Jung), a young woman with whom he has a close relationship. He realizes that she is, in reality, his daughter while on his quest for vengeance.
Lee Woo-jin (Yoo Ji-Tae), an old schoolmate, wants Dae-su to commit the same “crime” that he did. He wants Dae-su to have incest connections with someone he cares about before losing them. Dae-Su had seen Woo-jin having sex with his sister and informed his classmates about the incident. Following the rumor that Soo-ah was pregnant and her brother was the father, Soo-ah commits suicide.
The Truth of Old boy
“I am grateful for all those years spent in that prison,” Dae-Su says in the film after having sex with Mi-do. He wonders if he is the same Dae-Su as before and if Mi-do still likes him. The underlying meaning of Park Chan-retribution work’s masterpiece Old boy is that Dae suspends the majority of the film, looking for Lee Woo-jin until he discovers the truth at the end.
The truth about Mi-do in Old boy
The main storyline revelation revealed at the end is that Mi-do was all along with Dae’s daughter, Su’s, whom Woo-jin covertly nurtured. While Dae-Su is imprisoned, he is subjected to hypnotic suggestions in which Woo-jin implanted triggers that would allow him to be controlled after he was released. When it comes right down to it, it’s all about prisons and the truth for Old boy.
Dae-Su has an online conversation with Woo-jin early in the film, who asks, “How’s life in a bigger prison?” In the first instance, we, the audience, understand it in the same way as Dae-Su, who is currently unsure of what to do in the outside world. “Perhaps this larger prison does not suit me very well,” Dae-Su remarks after about 20 minutes. With all of this in mind, it’s reasonable to conclude that not everything is good when it’s understood. It’s sometimes preferable not to know.
In Old boy, Woo-truth jin’s is revealed.
Woo-Jin essentially marinated Dae-Su for 15 years, precisely and systematically, all with the goal of completing the plot. We were all made to assume that it was Dae Su’s revenge when we first saw the movie, but the disclosure reveals that it was actually Woo-retribution Jin’s, after all. Dae-Su was tormented for 15 years since Woo-Jin had lost his own sister. Simultaneously, he prevents Dae-Su from communicating with his own family (particularly his own daughter, who becomes the major element in Woo-vengeance). Jin’s vision of Woo-Jin in his elevator, as well as his own suicide, provides us a glimpse inside his mentality. It also alluded to his own ongoing misery. He, on the other hand, chooses to pursue his vengeance for his sister’s death. Finally, he kills himself in order to finally follow his sister.
Who is the bad guy? Is it possible for Dae-su to forget his past?
Oh, Dae-Su’s captivity and a succession of misfortunes that follow him about have turned him into a monster, unable to feel or execute the activities that make you human. Mi-do is the only exception, whose compassion and generosity of spirit enable him heal by lowering his guard. The beast reawakens when he discovers she is his daughter. He knelt on all fours and barks like a dog before cutting off his tongue and submitting to Woo-jin.
As Dae-su stares at his reflection in the window, the hypnotist vows to remove those monsters in the next sentence. However, as he walks away from the crime scene, his reflection mournfully stares back at him. The final scene shows Dae-su lying in a field of snow, befuddled, with Mi-do finding her way to him. Dae-su smiles happily as they embrace, then his face contorts into a series of twisted contortions that turn into almost-hysterical weeping.
As Dae-su stares at his reflection in the window-pane, the hypnotist vows to eradicate those creatures. However, as he walks away from the crime scene, his reflection continues to stare at him in a melancholy manner. The final shot shows Dae-su lying in a field of snow, befuddled, while Mi-do searches for him. Dae-su smiles at first, then his face contorts into a sequence of almost-hysterical tears as they warmly hug.
We can assume that the agony on his face when embracing his daughter-turned-lover is a muscle memory performance. At the same time, the pain memories have been completely erased. Park Chan-wook has produced an enduring legacy that is a monument to his cinema with this mysterious finale. We’re often left wondering if Dae-su has managed to forget about his background.
While this film contains aspects of fiction, it is realistic in its portrayal of revenge. Revenge does not lead to something that is vindicated or glorified. In reality, it just serves to exacerbate the tragedy. Because he is so preoccupied with getting his revenge, Oh Dae-Su had sex with his own daughter. He has even lost interest in his daughter’s whereabouts.
Lee Woo-Jin, on the other hand, has a more terrible fate. Despite getting his perfect vengeance, he ended up murdering himself. Because, at the end of the day, nothing can be changed about the past. Nothing that has been lost can be recovered. His grief is still present and will continue to be present; nevertheless, there is no longer a place for it.