A list of Edgar Wright's favorite 1000 Movies per his list on Mubi on July 27th, 2016.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Revenge Was Never This Sweet
This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu's boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things go horribly wrong, and the situation spirals rapidly into a cycle of violence and revenge.
♪♫ Defeat the communists/ What a big army!/ The way for Korea is victory/ Go forward! Go forward! ♪♫
I fell in love with Doona Bae when I first saw Cloud Atlas, imagine how happy I am to finally see her in her natural habitat! Mr. Vengeance, unlike its cousins in the vengeance trilogy, is calm and quiet, though still equally brutal. It looks like a film the Coen Brothers would make for a Korean debut. An offspring of No Country for Old Men and Fargo.
Like a Coen Brothers film, the camera is generally still and shot from a distance. Aside from the characters, there's hardly any movement on screen, there's no music at all, thus luring the audience…
Well, hello there, Park Chan-wook.
Eschewing hyper-stylization for a spectacularly balanced view of anti-heroes, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a more-than commendable example of humanizing villainous elements of a character to, not surprisingly, evoke sympathy for archetypes that should otherwise be considered irredeemable, cartoonish goons and morally bankrupt thugs. Rarely have I seen such devotion to twisting violent, senseless acts I would otherwise find unnecessarily brutal or redundant into essential components of balancing that fine line between protagonist and antagonist. Somehow, and I think it's mostly due to smartly giving each '-agonist' a full act to develop their character, motivations, moral failings, and justifications for such, the final confrontation is one where I couldn't decide which one I wanted to…
"Vengeance Is Mine": the original title.
"Revenge is a dish best served cold" - Old Klingon Proverb
Under the p.o.v from our protagonist(?) named Ryu a deaf-mute,everything is based on your life as it follows...and it associates...the radio announcer says that his sister need a kidney transplant immediately before get screening all day long in despair...kids plays outside running and laughing traversing a path with multiple puddles after the rain ... As she hear the voice on the radio that the chances are close to all do well, after a big problem occur to this brothers...as much he takes care of here...
...After being fired and cheated in a negotiation in which the kidney loses himself, Ryu decides to kidnap…
This one has been on my South Korean watch list for a very long time now. In fact, I hadn't seen either of the Vengeance films despite being a fan of both Korean cinema, and director Chan-wook Park. Despite some valid criticisms and vapid blind fanboyism, Oldboy is still one of my personal favorites. Which makes the fact that I held off on this one for so long, very strange to say the least.
But it's better late than never! Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a bold and unique first step in the Vengeance trilogy that is flawed, but ultimately a good movie when mixed in with Park's other films.
The story runs in the vein of other South Korean…
Even though Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is, by a comfortable distance, the worst film of Park Chan-wook's Vegeance Trilogy, it's still a violent, stylish and powerful effort from the Korean director, who happens to be one of the most relevant names of contemporary cinema, delivering an admirable style and still making his films feel worth it and not simply gratuitous. As most South Korean films, Park's fourth film is a quiet and taut psychological thriller mixed with a bit of dark humour and a compelling drama that doesn't feel forced nor out of place.
However, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance lacks the intensity and the emotional power of the other two films of the trilogy. Actually, this one feels like a…
There are no heroes, there are no villains. There are just people trying to survive in a universe that has a morbid sense of humor.
Turns out Chan-Wook Park and I share the same birthday! So what better way too spend my birthday evening watching a one of his films and a very good one that is.
I know this might be a very unpopular opinion, but I think this movie is better than Oldboy. Maybe after a rewatch of them both that will change, but right now I think this was just better. Not a lot better but I think Oldboy was a bit too overhyped for me and made me enjoy it less (still a brilliant film though).
I knew absolutely nothing going into this film, read no review nor synopsis. And I am very pleasantly surprised by this one.
Sympathy for Mr.…
Using just a silent atmosphere and just do the scene everything for the audience is something so beautiful to watch and Korean cinema is just so extraordinary in that...
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is more about the bad choices one person made and chain reaction of Vengeance it set. A brother whose sister needs a kidney, he can't give it because his blood don't match... And in the sense of desperation he tries to get it illegally and everything doesn't go according to his plan... And this sets of a chain reaction of everything going bad to worse...
Movie is slowly paced with achieving a sense of characters. You want something to happen soon, want to start the bloody affair…
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
No offense but this was way better than Oldboy. Go ahead and disagree, but if anything happens to me, my organization, a terrorist group, they'll kill you. For sure, 100%.
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Chan-Wook Park makes such great looking films. This one is a well crafted crime and vengeance story.
"I know you're a good guy... but you know why I have to kill you..."
Nobody wins in this film and it's so depressing. I'm glad the Park Chan-wook developed his style over the years and there was more...hope(?) in his other films. Maybe hope isn't the right word, but they didn't leave me feeling so glum.
That said Sympathy for Mr Vengeance is a really solid film. Not as pretty as the others, it definitely has more of a 'real' feel to it. The cast were great, I like that Park's films always have familiar faces in them and I'm really starting to build a list of my fave South Korean actors.
If you're going to watch this (and I recommend you do) make sure you've got something super light and fun to watch afterwards.
It's damn good.
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