A man wakes up, wearing only boxer shorts. He is trapped in an environment that is sort of like a fun house, that has a picture of someone that looks a bit like Haile Selassie. Years evidently pass. He lets himself go physically but then gets into shape by doing exercises he sees on a video screen using objects in his environment like books as weights. Time passes. He is shown video of what I assume is his wife and daughter, who plays the cello.

That's what I remember (I saw this on someone's screen (no sound) on an airplane, but fell asleep). Does anyone know what (recent) film this is?

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    Do you know how recently this film was out? Could you guess at language (despite not hearing it)? Description of actors/actresses? Location? Any other details at all? Mar 6, 2014 at 19:23
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    Airlines often publish the movies they show on the web .... if this was a recent flight, you might just be able to look it up.
    – iandotkelly
    Mar 6, 2014 at 19:27

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Oldboy (2013) - Movie Poster

That could be "Oldboy (2013)".

Obsessed with vengeance, a man sets out to find out why he was kidnapped and locked into solitary confinement for 20 years without reason.

Oldboy (2013) - Pic 01 Oldboy (2013) - Pic 02

~ Stills used are YouTube screenshots

Watch the trailer to confirm.

Note: If you're interested, check out the original as well.

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    It must be added that this Old Boy (2013) movie was based on an earlier South Korean version (2003) with exactly the same plot line --- though different ending. I found the 2003 version way superior to the American 2013 version. It is possible that the @OurJames was asking about the earlier one.
    – ltcomdata
    May 14, 2016 at 15:56

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