OLDBOY | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 114m 58s

Ratings Info Contains frequent strong violence

Director(s) Park Chan-wook

Cast includes Min-sik Choi, Ji-tae Yu, Hye-jeong Kang

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 01/08/2019

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

OLDBOY is a South Korean action thriller, from 2003, in which a man has to work out why he was held captive for fifteen years.


Violence is bloody and sometimes sadistic, including a scene in which a man's teeth are removed with a hammer. There is also a scene in which a man cuts off his own tongue with scissors.

The film also contains a scene of sexual assault, references to incest, scenes of strong sex and sexual activity, nudity, suicide and attempted suicide, and strong language ('f**k').

In one scene a man eats a live octopus. While at least one animal was killed in order to create this sequence, octopuses are invertebrates and therefore do not comprise 'protected animals' within the meaning of the Animal Welfare Act 2006. This means there are no grounds on which to intervene under the terms of the Cinematograph Films (Animals) Act 1937. However, some viewers may find the scene disturbing or upsetting.


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The version of this work detailed above is rated by the BBFC under the Video Recordings Act 1984 for use on any Packaged Media format (including DVD, Blu-ray and VHS). This classification may also be used when the same work is made available on Digital Video Platforms (including Video On Demand) provided that the platform is licenced to use BBFC ratings.

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