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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.
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…
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.
♪♫ Defeat the communists/ What a big army!/ The way for Korea is victory/ Go forward! Go forward! ♪♫
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. Yes, that sums it up pretty well, I'm a genius.
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…
My biggest mistake was seeing Oldboy prior to viewing the rest of the trilogy! Oldboy was Chan-wook Parks Magnum Opus, so if you are expecting the rest of the trilogy to live up to the same quality you will be sorely disappointed! That does not mean they weren't good, they were great films but only if you judge them as stand alone movies and avoid comparing them to Oldboy!
I made the mistake of comparing this film to Oldboy and that was reflected by my original rating of 3 Stars! Having let time pass and watching the films in their correct order that score jumped a whole star to a much deserved 4 star rating!
A complex, richly layered revenge…
"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…
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…
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…
Park Chan-wook is the Korean Shakespeare.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
...And finally we start the Park Revenge Trilogy. 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' is a perfect starting point. In a turbulent, impoverished world in which all of the characters are touched with sadness, there is not much hope, only revenge.
In a delicately interwoven group of characters, who's fates are intertwined, everybody has an agenda. All Ryu wants at the start is to help his sick sister. After her tragic suicide, everything starts going from bad to worse. As his life unravels before us, a look of determined rage descends over his features, only at the last do we see pure fear.
This downward spiral is mirrored by our other anti-hero; Park. With losing his daughter to Ryu, he lost the…
• Fantastic cinematography. Really great, well-considered, imaginative and rarely repetitive work. The colour palette was a pleasant eye candy. It stared off dominated by pale green hues (the color of the deaf guy's hair) which then gradually disappeared as the story shifted focus to Mr. Park's crusade.
• Something about the meticulous, perfectionist style of Chan-wook's directing made me feel a bit confused as if it didn't exactly fit the story being told. Perhaps that was the plan - rather than sad or disturbed, make the audience feel confused and cold towards the tragedy that plays out before their eyes. Deliberate ambiguity, just like with the ethical assessment of the characters which seems almost impossible in a lot of cases…
Geez man. The Koreans must have stone cold rocks for hearts. This is some heavy, depressing stuff. But man is it moving....
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is from "That guy who made Oldboy" (Park Chan-wook) so that's why i watched it. That, and i really really like Korean revenge films.
The reason i like these revenge films is the concept of revenge itself. To me personally, it is very interesting. When tragedy strikes, when someone wrongs us as humans, we must seek balance and "right things." We seek vengeance to make things even. If someone wrongs us, they must be wronged as well. This sense of "justice" is instilled in us humans, and its a feeling we can't shake easily.…
A great revenge thriller! I felt like I was holding my breath the whole time!
Coming back to this again, I realize much more how brilliant it really is. I've always loved the story and have always adored Bae Doona. The thing I see now is the pacing, editing, and cinematography. Where other directors would do things with more drama and flair, there's a sparseness to Park Chan Wook's storytelling here that heightens the impact.
I look forward to re-watching Oldboy and Lady Vengeance.
Wow. Possibly even more stylistically impressive than Oldboy. Park plays with your expectations at every turn and handles all the various elements of the story very delicately. No detail or piece of characterization is unimportant to the plot.
This opener of the vengeance trilogy was a underwhelming for me...it takes a long time to establish itself and when it does its the usual revenge tale and unlike Oldboy it does not have a payoff which will linger on in our memories..Some of the methods used is not to be tried even on our enemies...that being said Song Kang-ho is expectedly awesome showing his diverse range...strictly for hardcore buffs only.
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