Last night I watched Oldboy (Oldeuboi), a movie by the Korean director Park Chanwook (or Chanwook Park, as we would say in English).

There were moments when I expected the main character, Oh Dae-su, to go “Kill Bill” on his enemies.  And he does.  In fact, there are two scenes in particular, in which Dae-su uses a regular claw hammer with rather gruesome results.

Oldboy is essentially a story about revenge.  Dae-su must find out why he has been held captive for years, but he also wants to get revenge for the years he was locked up.  The funny thing about revenge is that it never quite turns out the way one expects it to.  Perhaps we are all better off not trying to get it.