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Old Boy (Manga)

Old Boy

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English: Old Boy
Synonyms: Oldboy
Japanese: オールドボーイ


Type: Manga
Volumes: 8
Chapters: 79
Status: Finished
Published: 1996 to 1998
Authors: Tsuchiya, Garon (Story), Minegishi, Nobuaki (Art)
Serialization: Manga Action


Score: 7.681 (scored by 1707 users)
Ranked: #24562
Popularity: #1123
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Ten years ago, they took him in. He doesn't even know who. And for ten years, he has been confined in a private prison. He doesn't know why. For ten years, his only contact with the outside world has been a television set and the voices of his jail mates. In time, he lost himself. He changed...transformed himself into something else...something hard...something lethal. Suddenly, one day his incarceration ends, again without explanation. He is sedated, stuffed inside a trunk, and dumped in a park. When he awakes, he is free to reclaim what's left of his life...and what's left is revenge.

(Source: Dark Horse)


Gotou, Shinichi
Kakinuma, Takaaki

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Feb 23, 2010
The objective of this review is to compare Old Boy manga with its Korean live-action adaptation.

I've watched Oldboy's live-action first, and so I decided to also read the manga.

The Korean Oldboy is a very violent film, but yet a cult, full of psychological elements and plot twists. In the film, Goto is also locked in a hotel room, a private prison. While in the manga he spends 10 years locked, in the film, he is locked for 15 years. In the live-action, Goto is accused of murdering his wife. But the murder occurred while he was imprisoned, so he wasn't guilty. read more
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Apr 13, 2013
A man finds himself imprisoned for a reason unknown to him for ten years before he is released. He keeps himself sane by acknowledging one logic of the situation - that he is still alive. With his past behind him and nothing to lose, his only goal is to find a man who has kept him imprisoned all this time.

The world of manga, much unlike its brother in the western culture (i.e. comics), is undoubtedly plagued with fictions that do no better than to establish a rather conventional story, a rather predictable set of characters, and art that is well refined but nothing reflective read more
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Both stories are thrillers that are a race against time as the protagonist has to remember events and people from his childhood to protect himself and those he cares about. They definitely have the same kind of series-long tension that keeps you reading late into the night.
The twisted atmosphere and the protagonists questioning their identities and trying to recall their pasts connect these two manga series together.

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