Fifteen years ago, Oh Dae-su (Choi Min-sik) was kidnapped with no explanation and locked up in a decrepit motel room with no windows. Suddenly set free one day, Dae-su begins tracking down his captors to exact retribution for his imprisonment, only to find that he may ultimately be the target of an even greater vengeance. The second installment of director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy, this stylish thriller, famous for its brutal imagery and an impressive single-take fight scene involving a hammer, helped expose contemporary South Korean cinema to an international audience and established the country as a reliable source of similarly gritty crime films.