"Nice, isn't it?"

An ordinary Seoul businessman is, after a drunken night, abducted and locked up in a strange, private prison. No one will tell him why and who his jailer is, so his fury builds to a single-minded focus of revenge. 15 years later, he is unexpectedly freed, given a new suit, a cell-phone and 5 days to discover the mysterious enemy who had him imprisoned. Seeking vengeance on all those involved, he soon finds that his enemys tortures are just beginning.

The octopus being eaten alive in this film was not computer-generated; four live octopodes were eaten for the scene. Actor Choi Min-sik, a Buddhist, said a prayer for each one. When the film won the Grand Prix at Cannes, the director thanked the octopodes along with the cast and crew.  

Eating live octopus (sannakji (산낙지) in Korea is commonplace although it is usually sliced first. The enjoyment of eating live octopus is when the octopus is still moving with the tentacles sticking to the roof of the mouth. The challenge is to munch and swallow the live octopus without choking. It is reported that there are on average of 6 deaths due to choking (on live octopus), each year in South Korea.

OCTOPUS PAUL 'the unlikely star of the 2010 World Cup'
Paul the Octopus was a common octopus living in a tank at a commercial attraction in Oberhausen, Germany. He became internationally famous after his feeding behaviour was used to correctly predict the winner of each of Germany's seven matches in the 2010 football World Cup, as well as the outcome of the final game Spain vs. the Netherlands.

Watch here Paul's prediction of the final game!


Want to know how to cook Octopus Paul? Download the free iphone app 'Cooking Octopus Paul'.

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