Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
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This is like cutting into raw tuna.
I have never seen anything like this. This is more disturbing than any American/Japanese cinema combined.
Horrifyingly disjointed, disturbingly real--because it could happen to any one of us.
These Koreans. They can make movies. Jesus Christ.
The story of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance follows Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun), a deaf and mute man who has a sister that needs a kidney transplant. At first Ryu tries to donate his own kidney to her. However, when he finds out that he has the wrong blood type, he attempts to go through the black market where they promise him a kidney transplant for his sister and 10,000,000 won in return for one of his own kidneys. The deal goes awry, so Ryu and his revolutionary girlfriend, Cha Yeong-mi (Bae Doona), plot to kidnap the daughter of his boss Park Dong-jin (Song Kang-ho).
There have been many movies about vengeance, and with only a few notable exceptions (such as Tarantino's Kill Bill) most vengeance films that come out these days feel repetitive as it's all been done before. The brilliance of each part of Chan-wook's trilogy is that they're highly unconventional for movies dealing with this subject matter. Borrowing from whodunit flicks and Hitchcock, in the end you question the identity of the protagonist and antagonist of the story. The vengeance genre always thrives on the idea of gray areas, but you always have a strong sense of who's at fault.Read more ›
The plot is so simple yet so complex. The direction is so elegant yet so hard-hitting. The simplistic nature of the story makes the descent into hell so shocking and captivating. You don't realize there is no going back until it's far, FAR too late.
Ryu is a deaf/mute who works in the loudest factory in the world, doing a really depressing job. His sister needs a kidney transplant, but they don't have the money to pay for it. He cannot give her one of his own because their blood types do not match. Ryu decides to go to black market organ traders to trade one of his own for one that matches his sister. Waking up naked and kidney-less in an abandoned building he now needs to raise money for his own kidney.
Ryu is now fired from his job by President Park, who is downsizing the company. His anarchist girlfriend Yeong-mi convinces him to kidnap Park's daughter and hold her to ransom. From then on, things get very, very, VERY heavy and the idea of who exactly Mr. Vengeance is is blurred and sympathy is felt for almost everyone. Revenge comes at a high price and seemingly never ends. Not that I am saying forgiving and forgetting is the way. But this movie will make you think twice about getting your own back.
The violence is spontaneous and extremely graphic without ever feeling exploitational. Sometimes it has a darkly comic feel to it, the rest of the time it's goddamn hardcore. You'll wince a great deal during this movie, that's for damn sure.Read more ›
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That one scene toward the end...I threw up in my mouth a little.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I am Hooked with Kang-ho Song movies. I can't wait to collect all of his movies!Published 6 months ago by Bob
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 17 months ago by Darkness
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 19 months ago by Desertman84
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