OLDBOY | British Board of Film Classification
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Type of media Video

Approved Running time 99m 45s

Ratings Info Contains strong bloody violence

Genre(s) Drama, Thriller

Director(s) Spike Lee

Cast includes Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen, Sharlto Copley, Samuel L. Jackson, Michael Imperioli, Lance Reddick

Cut This work was passed uncut.

  • Suitable only for adults icon18

Ratings info

Ratings info publication date 21/01/2014

Note: The following text may contain spoilers

OLDBOY is a US remake of a 2003 Korean film. An executive is kidnapped and imprisoned for twenty years before being released. After his release, the man investigates the reasons behind his kidnapping.


There are several scenes of violence. Some of these are fight scenes which include the use of a hammer and a baseball bat, including a criminal being killed by a hammer blow to the skull which causes blood to spurt from the wound. There is also a scene in which a man tortures a criminal in order to gain information, cutting pieces of skin from the man's neck and sprinkling salt into the wounds. In one scene a female criminal's throat is cut and blood sprays from the wound. In another scene a family is killed with a shotgun before the killer turns the weapon on himself. These scenes include some gory detail.

There is a scene in which a woman is raped and murdered. The rape is briefly indicated by showing a man removing her underwear before she is strangled and clubbed to death. There is little further detail.

Sex includes sight of a man and woman together, with female nudity and sight of the man thrusting between the woman's legs. In another scene, a clothed woman has sex with a man who is subsequently revealed to be her father.

OLD BOY also contains several uses of strong language ('f**k' and 'motherf***er'). Moderate and mild bad language includes use of 'bitch', 'piss', 'asshole', 'bullshit', 'dick', 'son of a bitch', 'goddamit', 'crap' and 'Jesus Christ'.


Universal Pictures (UK) Ltd
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99m 45s
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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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