Oldboy review a beautifully blood-spattered modern classic

Limbs, teeth and live octopuses all come in for unblinkingly brutal treatment in Park Chan-wooks stunning revenge epic Sixteen years ago, Park Chan-wook gave us this gobsmackingly horrible but demonically inspired thriller, based on the Japanese manga by Nobuaki Minegishi and Garon Tsuchiya, which came to epitomise the Asia extreme genre: a new frontier of extravagantly violent craziness. Since then, Park has advanced creatively by retreating into more conventional forms, most prominently with his masterly Sympathy Lady Vengeance (2005). The film has consolidated its cult status, more or less undamaged by Watch the trailer for Oldboy – video