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      CommentAuthortallman
    • CommentTimeJul 18th 2006
     
    So I finally broke down and signed up for netflix. First two movies in my queue: Oldboy and Sympathy for Mr Vengeance. Does it matter which I watch first? Oldboy seems like it's got the most buzz...

    I was a little hesitant to sign up for netflix because of all the horror stories, but I figure that I'm not going to be attempting 25 movies a month or something, so I should be fine. Plus, the only alternative, Blockbuster Online, has the same issues. Overall, netflix seems to have the better reputation, though again, some of the stories I've heard...

    ~tallman
    • CommentAuthorgrenville
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2006
     
    I don't think it matters which one you see first. Both are great. Of the two I prefer Mr Vengeance (possibly because it has Bae (cueball) doona playing the anarchist/terrorist. The scene where she gets tortured to death is terrific. One of the things I love about Park chanwook is his attention to slightly off-skew detail. What other director would have thought of the closeup licking of the earlobes before application of the aligator clips?

    There is a fight scene in Old Boy when the main protagonist takes on a gang of heavies. Its filmed from a distance and I think its the most original fight scene ever. I see Old Boy Region 2 Europe is a two disc special edition. Must buy when I get back to Europe unless it pops up in HMV in HK. My version of Mr Vengeance is the Region 2 with the subtitled director's commentary which is good, but not super revealing. The commentary track mentions a deleted scene about Bae doona's character having become the girlfriend of the deaf mute guy after she raped him. Interesting. Its not on the disc though.
    • CommentAuthorSamael
    • CommentTimeJul 19th 2006
     
    Bae is definitely a cutie, in a sort of edgy way.

    Yeah, it doesn't really matter which one you watch. I'd probably watch Mr. Vengeance first, too. Oldboy is a much slicker, more polished film, but I think I'm with gren. I like Mr. Vengeance more. The fight scene is definitely one of the highlights of Oldboy, though. Both are good, but I've rewatched Mr. Vengeance more than Oldboy.