A Contemporary Oedipus: Chan-Wook Park’s “OldBoy”


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A Contemporary Oedipus: Chan-Wook Park’s "OldBoy"
Works of literature and plays, like history, repeat themselves. Many of the themes that surface in classic literature, plays and film resurface in different incarnations, in more contemporary contexts. The contemporary retelling of Sophocles’ Oedipus the King is no different, and is put into a postmodern thriller context by Korean film visionary Chan-Wook Park. Park takes the story of Oedipus and applies it to the psychological thriller genre, therefore reinventing the incestuous story of Oedipus within a different context. The film OldBoy is like the play Oedipus The King in the extensive use of oracles, the treatment of incest and the quest of the protagonist.
Sophocles’ Oedipus the King...
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.....emes in different context and be enriched and affected by them in different ways, which is one of the perks of adaptations. Both works of art will be valued for years to come for their attentiveness to these themes and artistic ambition. Both Park’s film OldBoy and Sophocles’ Oedipus The King are successful and similar in their use of oracles, the treatment of incest and the quest of the protagonist.
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Old Boy. Dir. Chan-wook Park. Perf. Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang. Egg Films, 2003. DVD.
Sophocles. Oedipus the King. Morshead, Edmund Doidge Anderson, trans. United States: Macmillan, 1885.