Even more relevant today especially with the release of Spike Lee’s film, “Oldboy.”
Remember this story?
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.
Another tale of revenge from the sick creator of OldBoy: http://www.lovefilm.com/visitor/product/61693-Lady-Vengeance.html
Life imitating Dangerous “Art”? Read this:
Do you feel that movies like these have a mesmerizing yet desensitizing effect on their auidence concerning violent acts? Could these movies have influenced Cho to do what he did? Share your thoughts.
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