"I'm writing a second comment that somehow contradicts the first one, this being due to the fact that, in the meantime, I watched the last film of Park Chan-Wook's trilogy of revenge, (Sympathy for) Lady Vengeance. (Oldboy is the second film in that trilogy). I actually sort of liked Lady Vengeance, and this made me re-think about Oldboy. I must admit that ndeb somehow made a point about the violence in this film. Although I'm still definitely not a fan of 'Oldboy' I must admit that the violence and gore are here for a reason, and although they might seem distasteful, they are not exploitative and gratuitous, they are inherent to the story and the theme treated. So my present opinion is that 'Oldboy' is not garbage like I said the first time, it's a disturbing film that is not for everyone, but it is far, far, superior, I humbly admit it, to what I call real garbage, that is to say when violence and degeneration are treated with complacency and even glorified as for instance in the absolute piece of shit that 'Alpha Dog' is. (About that one, I will never, ever change my mind!!!)"