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Old 04-18-2007, 08:38 PM   #1
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Default Cho imitating "Old Boy?"

If this turns out to be true, you fans of this genre better start learning how to write rom-com. The following from the NY Times website. You can see the photos at http://thelede.blogs.nytimes.com/200...virginia-tech/


April 18, 2007, 9:05 am
Updates on Virginia Tech
By Mike Nizza
Tags: murder, virginia
An Image’s Ties to a Dark Movie | 8:07 PM ET

A self-shot photo of Mr. Cho, above, and a still from the Web site of the movie ‘Oldboy.’ (Photos: NBC News, top; Tartan Films)
The inspiration for perhaps the most inexplicable image in the set that Cho Seung-Hui mailed to NBC news on Monday may be a movie from South Korea that won the Gran Prix prize at Cannes Film Festival in 2004.

The poses in the two images are similar, and the plot of the movie, “Oldboy,” seems dark enough to merit at least some further study. Following is The Times’s plot summary:

The film centers on a seemingly ordinary businessman, Dae-su (the terrific Choi Min-sik), who, after being mysteriously imprisoned, goes on an extensive, exhausting rampage, seeking answers and all manner of bloody revenge.

In a Times review, Manohla Dargis wrote that the film’s “body count and sadistic violence” mostly appealed to “cult-film aficionados for whom distinctions between high art and low are unknown, unrecognized and certainly unwelcome.”

A Virginia Tech professor, Paul Harrill, alerted us of the similarity between images in the hope that it would shed some light on what led Mr. Cho to kill 32 on Monday before turning the gun on himself.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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Default Re: Cho imitating "Old Boy?"

Well, it didn't take long for someone in the media to suggest the media was responsible for this kid's rampage.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:06 PM   #3
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http://www.chud.com/index.php?type=news&id=9828

Interesting article about this very topic.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:21 PM   #4
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The photo where he had the gun to his own head? Should've gone with his initial idea, on that one. Leave the world a better place.
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:27 PM   #5
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How many ways exactly can one hold a hammer and look threatening?
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Old 04-18-2007, 09:34 PM   #6
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Default Re: Cho imitating "Old Boy?"

Whoa... I saw the title of the thread and thought that they'd cast Margaret Cho in the Hollywood remake.

But...
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In a Times review, Manohla Dargis wrote that the film’s “body count and sadistic violence” mostly appealed to “cult-film aficionados for whom distinctions between high art and low are unknown, unrecognized and certainly unwelcome.”
...I'd still like to hear Dargis explain what truly separates a Scorsese film from lowbrow exploitation.
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Old 04-18-2007, 10:02 PM   #7
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OLD BOY is one of my favorite movies....

You've all been warned!

No, really - haven't seen it since a film fest, but it's gross violence includes eating a live octopus (were there any photos of that?) and having your tongue removed with scissors.

The hammer is used in an amusing scene that's kind of a rif on that hallway scene from ENTER THE DRAGON - our hero confronts a gangster and is attacked by *hundreds* of gang guys in a hallway. He's armed only with a hammer. He bonks them all over the head and escapes.

Not exactly violent - more cartoonish.

The film is also very similar to a Brian DePalma movie called OBSESSION.

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Old 04-19-2007, 01:09 AM   #8
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The media have played into his hands by showing his confessional tape.
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Old 04-19-2007, 01:21 AM   #9
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Don't forget how evil video games are:

http://www.gamestooge.com/2007/04/16...ech-shootings/
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"It's a fair cop...society's to blame!"
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