In 2005, Dark Horse Comics bought the rights to make an English translation of the book for its customers worldwide. Volume 1 of this new translated series was released on July 5, 2006. The manga is composed of a total of eight volumes.
In 2008 Steven Spielberg acquired the rights for Old Boy manga to make a new film based on the original source material.
Twenty-five-year-old Shinichi Gotō was kidnapped one fateful night and locked up in a private jail for unknown reasons. After ten years of solitary confinement, with only a television set for company, he was suddenly released. The story follows his quest to hunt down the identities of his captors and uncover the reason behind his imprisonment.
The main character of the story who was kidnapped and locked up for 10 years. Oh Dae-su in the movie is loosely based on him.
He is main villain of the story, he wants revenge on Goto.
A famous writer and teacher of Goto and Kankinuma.
A lady who became Goto's girlfriend. She called him Mister.
In 2007, The Old Boy manga won an Eisner Award in the category of "Best U.S. Edition of International Material - Japan." Eduardo Chavez of Mania.com noted that "titles like Old Boy... take their time to create a wonderful of paranoia and drama".Anime News Network's Carlo Santos praised the artwork, which "fits the tone of the series well" and the pacing of the story, but mentioned poorly developed characters.