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Ten years ago, they took him. He doesn't know who. 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 jailers. 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.

Manga that inspired hit Korean movie Old Boy!

Won the Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan for the Eisner Award in 2007.


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v.8 c.70-79 (end) by Blackout & Null & Illuminati-Manga (3095d ago)
v.7 c.60-69 by Blackout & Null & Illuminati-Manga (3096d ago)
v.5 c.40-49 by Blackout & Null & Illuminati-Manga (3209d ago)
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Status in Country of Origin
8 Volumes (Tankoubon - Complete)
5 Volumes (Bunkoban - Complete)

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User Rating
Average: 7.5 / 10.0 (202 votes)
Bayesian Average: 7.4 / 10.0
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Last Updated
May 31st 2015, 8:46am PST



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Manga Action (Futabasha)

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English Publisher
Dark Horse (8 Volumes - Completed)

Activity Stats (vs. other series)
Weekly Pos #974 increased(+269)
Monthly Pos #2007 increased(+379)
3 Month Pos #3663 increased(+76)
6 Month Pos #3871 increased(+595)

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On 169 reading lists
On 308 wish lists
On 508 completed lists
On 19 unfinished lists
On 83 custom lists

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Rating: 9.5 / 10.0
by Laclongquan
October 2nd, 2006, 6:14am
I read this manga and realize: IT's a bit like Count Monte Cristo, by A. Dumas (?). It's like the main character return to revenge right away instead of travelling in Mideast.
24 chap with one sex scene (mild). Good art. Intense main hero. Should have got a 10 but I wait till later to see how this turn out.
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Rating: 9.0 / 10.0
by yoguy
September 25th, 2006, 12:55pm
I watch the movie of this manga and it was awesome. Its not for everyone though...
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It was okay, i guess   
Rating: 7.0 / 10.0
by SSJR2
September 9th, 2013, 11:23pm
so i finally got around to reading this one which i heard many good things about and i have to say it was pretty decent but not amazing; and its the change in ton and story that caused this to me. In the beginning or the first half or so this was really interesting to me and i liked the whole revenge story and thought he would go around kicking ass, looking for clues, while having a battle of intellect with the main antagonist but
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it didnt turn out that way; the first half did have some intellegent moments but later in the second half or so they just abandaned that for some stupid reason and changed the whole premise of everything. i mean the story changed from a revenge/ mystery to just a race to remember the past... really why did they do this. this happened basically after the antagonist revealed hes identity to the main character and it just changed from revenge to remembering. so it felt like the main character lost all revenge ambition, i mean he even had many times where he was socializing with the antagonist/guy who imprisoned him for 10 YEARS or did he forget that. however i still kept going on with the story for some pieces of drama but then i finish...the ending was pretty sad to me, first because the antagonist had many times he could have won so it just mad me think he wanted to lose. second incomplete mysteries and cliffhanger ending, and lastly everything was just so anti-climatic to the end i mean the biggest mystery that everyone wanted to know is what the hell did the main character do to the antagonist to make him trap him for years and dish out so much money? and when you finally found out it was some stupid issue that was totally not worth the antagonist's after you look at this series as a whole you see that not much has happened, i mean no one in general died, their was not much of a threat ( since the antagonist was basically giving him the answers) and you realize that you were getting the run around for the second half of this
Basically my advice is that anyone who really wants to read this should read it until you find out the antagonists real name than skip to the last two chapters, itll save you a lot of slow pacing and run around. well im done with this and im gonna watch the movie, hope fully its better

... Last updated on September 9th, 2013, 11:41pm
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Piece of Junk   
Rating: N/A
by volandkit
April 14th, 2008, 1:21am
I read it in just two days. Is it interesting? Yes, indeed. If I would rate individual chapters or volumes... But overall it sucks. After I finished it, nothing left to look up to. It is so disappointing... A piece of advice for those lucky guys who didn't finish it yet. Don't finish it, just stop near the end and go watch the movie...
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One of the worst endings to anything I've ever read   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by Johnjimco
July 11th, 2015, 5:46pm
The first half of this Manga is phenomenal. It's intriguing, punchy, and really gets you invested. The characters are interesting and most have clear motivation. The plot develops logically and nobody does anything that ever made me think "What a dumb thing to do" like a lot of manga characters do.

The second half mars this so much that I couldn't believe it the first time I read it. Plot falls apart completely, the motivations for the characters are twisted and make no sense (especially the "big bad"), and I practically scream at the characters to stop being morons.

The first half was so good that I could easily see myself giving it a score of eight or even higher if it had an at least serviceable second half and ending.

... Last updated on July 11th, 2015, 5:47pm
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i liked it but...   
Rating: 8.0 / 10.0
by Necro-
October 24th, 2012, 8:33pm
as others have said it's a great read...but then the end happens and your like wait wait wait...what just happened?

i literally went back half a chapter and reread it because i was so mindboggled.
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9 for story 1 for ending   
Rating: 5.0 / 10.0
by mugi
October 1st, 2007, 7:58pm
I wouldn't recommend this because the ending made me feel like I just wasted my time. The author should have used a few of those vols to explain all the loose ends instead of dragging the story. In this case the movie is much better and accomplished what the manga couldn't.
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Rating: N/A
by whatwhat97
June 1st, 2007, 1:32pm
Started reading this series after I saw the Korean re-make of this manga. Though the manga starts off strong, it peaks at volume 3. The movie was way better, and did a much better job at tying up all the loose ends. The manga ending was very, very dissapointing. Very, very, very.

... Last updated on June 1st, 2007, 1:33pm
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Simply Amazing!   
Rating: N/A
by DuLexSidLex
July 31st, 2007, 9:48am
Hmmm...I like the twist of the story, however, the ending was a cliffhanger. It would be nice to have a sequel, considering that the PASSWORD was left unsolved.
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Rating: 6.5 / 10.0
by canucks
May 19th, 2007, 11:03am
To Laclongguan: Damn you beat me to the comparison - Yea the beginning is terribly similar to Monte Cristo - which is why it attracted me enough to skip some meals. As the story progresses, however, it never fails to dissapoint. The ending is, in a way anti-climatic. Very disappointing end to a series which started with such momentum.

You would be suggested that this is a mature reading, but... some of its notions and plot twists were so juvenile that it makes you want to just stop reading, and breathing while you're at it.

... Last updated on May 19th, 2007, 11:05am
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