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Unable to afford proper care for his sister dying from kidney failure, Ryu turns to the black market to sell his own organs only to end up cheated of his life savings. His girlfriend urges Ryu to kidnap the daughter of wealthy industrialist Dong-jin, who recently laid him off. Ryu agrees, but unforeseen tragedies turn an innocent con into a merciless quest for revenge. Bound by their personal losses and deep-seated anger, the two men are thrust into a spiral of destruction.
Before he made the notorious cult hit Oldboy, South Korean director Chan-wook Park created Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, an equally gruesome yet elegant meditation on revenge. Desperate to get a kidney transplant for his dying sister, a deaf and dumb young man named Ryu (Ha-kyun Shin, Save the Green Planet!) kidnaps the daughter of a wealthy industrialist named Park (Kang-ho Song, Shiri). Despite Ryu's best intentions, things go horribly awry, setting in motion a series of escalating revenges--to describe the plot in more detail would undercut the movie, because much of its power comes from the spare and skillful storytelling. Chan-wook Park is careful to ground the audience in the characters' emotional lives; when the violence begins, the bloody events unfold with the hypnotic power of the revenge tragedies of the Shakespearean era, which had over-the-top plots and littered the stage with bodies, yet were full of rich poetry. Park's eye for startling images and careful editing creates a visual poetry, grotesque yet often haunting. Certainly not a film for everyone--squeamish viewers had best beware, while anyone who wants their violence flagrant and guilt-free will be disappointed--but cinephiles looking to have their hearts squeezed along with their stomachs will enjoy Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. --Bret Fetzer
I saw this film because its from the director of Oldboy & I loved that movie. This one is a bit different, a lot slower in pace & I feel not as brutal as Oldboy is overall. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Nightwing
Sympathy For Mr Vengeance is a good movie but it pails in comparison with Oldboy. But inspite of not living up to the Cannes grand prix winner and Asian masterpiece, Mr Vengeance... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Desertman84
It's not as good as Lady Vengeance, but it has a creative progression of events.Published 10 months ago by Quin
The first movie of Park Chan-wooks vengeance trilogy may be a Delicious feast for Park fans but if your not familiar with his work than maybe you may not find it as thrilling but... Read morePublished on September 30, 2013 by Judy Velvet
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First, some people do read the forums. Second, I've heard this film is awesome and I would like it see it. Third, "People don't scroll don't enough...", huh??
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