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Look for the "violent movie" debate to resurface
Posted by: McQ on Thursday, April 19, 2007

Apparently Cho was a fan of the movie "Oldboy":
Officers believe he repeatedly watched Oldboy as part of his preparation for the killing spree.

The film, which won the Grand Prix award at the 2004 Cannes film festival, has been described as "an ultra-violent movie of obsession and revenge".

It contains stylised scenes of killings and an attempted suicide, and is filled with what one critic called "punishing emotional violence".
Not only that, the video he sent NBC showed him reenacting some of the scenes:
The video, which Cho posted to an American TV network while carrying out his murderous rampage, appears to include photographs of Cho re-enacting scenes from the film.

He is shown holding a gun to his head and wielding a hammer, images that appear in the movie.
Here's a trailer for the movie:

Has anyone seen it before? Comments?
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Superb film. How Cho imagined himself as a compatriot of the protagonist of this movie is beyond me, but we aren’t dealing with a stable mind.
Written By: the wolf
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I haven’t seen any myself, but there’s a batch of Japanese movies which are Ultra-violent. Not the normal crappy sci-fi fare. Stuff that otherwise strives for realism.

Most of those movies are view off the internet a la piracy.

Foreign film distributed (albeit illegally) through the internet. Would seem futile to try to stop them.
Written By: jpm100
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Movies don’t kill people, People kill people.
During every tragedy people search for reasons. It’s hard to wrap ones thoughts around the concept someone could do something so horrific, so they look for scapegoats. I have never heard of the move but the idea it’s "punishing emotional violence" is responsible for the killings is ludicrous.

The killer was insane, the state knew it, and he should have been institutionalized. During the wave of liberalism that swept the country after the election of John F. Kennedy, insane asylums were shut down, their inmates tossed on the streets. The asylums were truly “Hell Holes” that need reform, but the community support for the outpatients, promised when their were released, never materialized.

Courts have ruled the insane have the same Constitutional rights as anyone else. That makes involuntary institutionalizing difficult if not impossible, yet we must find a solution for these ticking time bombs before they explode.
Written By: James E. Fish
I own it. Its definately a bit disturbing of a story, and has strong violence, but definately not the most violet film iv seen, ichi the killer likely taking the cake. But as mentioned, how he identified with this movie i dont know...unless he slept with his sister. Cause that is sort of what the movie is about. Someone with a sexual relationship with there sister getting revenge on the guy who started the rumor and forced her to commit suicide.
Written By: josh b
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Liberals, most of whom live in a state of denial about the realities of the world, must support their denial by demanding that government control guns, games, movies, the internet, carbon emissions (whatever) in order to maintain their fantasy world (Liberal LaLaLand) where diplomacy solves everything, wars are obsolete , we can control human nature and all are singing Kumbaya.
Written By: notherbob2
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Although the only reason the movie come sup, is that they cant seem to pin it on violent video games.
Written By: josh b
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Here’s some help....
Written By: Bithead
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As a friend of mine once said, "I’ve played those games, watched those movies" and I’m not killing people.

There has to be a hole in your soul for the movie to fill up before it has any "effect."
Written By: Joe
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Actually JPM it’s a Korean movie, but that said they have their own "ultra-violent" clique as well (though I’d say Oldboy isn’t really about the violence at all). Without spoiling the movie (which is pretty good), it’s basically a modern take on the Count of Monte Cristo, except that whereas in Dumas’ novel Dantes’ imprisonment was entirely unjust in this movie it’s much less clear as is the "justice" of the actions the protagonist takes once he’s released.

Also given the plot twists I’d rather not spoil, It’s hard for me to see why Seung-Hui would identify so strongly with the protagonist (unless he perhaps meant a major character who’s actually the antagonist in the film). The -antagonist- suffered social shame and ostracision in a school environment so that might be it...
Written By: Lysenko
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Seems to me you’re trying to attribute logical, linear thought to someone obviously incapable of having such, Lys..
Written By: Bithead

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