Oldboy, an award winning movie at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival is a South Korean film directed by Park Chan-Wook in 2003. Many people might not have watched this movie before though it might be quite popular amongst Korean movie lovers. But after the Virginia Tech killing, this movie has become famous. The New York Times has cited this bloody revenge movie as a possible inspiration for the Virginia Tech Killer, Cho Seung-Hui.

According to the New York Times, the most famous image (captured in publicity stills) in the “Old Boy” and the strangest image in the photos and video sent by Virginia Tech mass murderer Cho Seung-Hui to NBC showed a lot of similarity. They both showed an angry man with a large hammer drawn back and ready to strike. Having said that, many movie makers and film directors have expressed their disagreement on this matter. Horror film director Wes Craven strongly rejected accusations that violent movies share the blame in this tragedy. Craven was of the opinion that spree killers such as Cho were usually driven to violence by events early in their lives.

The movie, Old Boy, was actually based on a Japanese comics (manga) written by Garon Tsuchiya and with artwork done by Nobuaki Minegishi. This story tells a nameless man who was kidnapped and imprisoned in a shabby cell for 15 years without explanation. One day he was suddenly released and given clothes, money and a cellular. He meets a Japanese chef and both of them feel a greet attraction for each other. This man then seeks revenge upon his captors who imprisoned him. While planning for his revenge, this man found out some deep secrets from the past.

Let’s watch the trailer of OldBoy