The Grand Jury Prize at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, Park Chan-wook’s “Old Boy” will leave the Amazon Prime Video platform catalog on May 21st.
From Death Note to Ghost in the Shell, without forgetting the infamous Dragonball Evolution, the screen transposition of Japanese artwork is generally synonymous with frustration in the eyes of fans and even the general public. However, one movie managed to avoid the curse: Park Chan-wook’s old boy.
The South Korean feature film, presented at the Cannes Film Festival in 2004, left the Croisette Grand Prix jury, headed by a certain Quentin Tarantino that year; The latter was also running a campaign to award the film to Palm, an opinion that was not shared by its jury members as it was ultimately the documentary film Fahrenheit 9/11 that won the festival’s main prize.
An old boy Is an adaptation of Nobuaki Minegish and Garon Tsuchia Manga (available in 4 volumes from naBan editions). While it is a free adaptation, the film follows the same story as the original Japanese work: a man finds freedom for several years locked up for a reason he does not know.
In addition to a simple adaptation, Park Chan-wook’s film gained immense freedom with its manga narrative, changing the protagonist’s personality, the antagonist motif, and the outcome of the story. The dark, but also more violent, feature film is among the most iconic works of the new wave of South Korean cinema that appeared in the early 2000s.
Want to (re) see this electroshock that is generally presented as an adaptation of the best manga movie? So do not delay because An old boy May 21 will definitely leave the catalog of the Amazon Prime Video platform!