Peeping Tom, Night of the Hunter and a whole host of older films were ignored or given bad reviews upon…
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.
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…
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…
"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…
Hey, mind if I sit in on this autopsy? *disturbing foley sounds*
"Nope... This one is not Oldboy....."
Fresh from the rewatch of Chan-wook's masterpiece, I tried the first one from his famous vengeance trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. Granted, this one isn't that bad, as Chan-wook considered the chain reaction that caused by revenge. Still, it doesn't have the grace of Oldboy and it's a long way to reach Oldboy's status.
Thinking about it now, may be I should've watched this before I've tried Oldboy. The transition from such a perfect thriller to this one must have reduced it's validity. May be I'll find it enjoyable on an open minded rewatch.
Chan-wook's style-over-substance presentation must've worked for Oldboy, but it poisoned this…
In addition to being a master stylist and knowing his way around a shot, Park Chan-wook can edit the hell out of a movie (I'm aware he himself didn't edit it). He clips scenes that you think will run long and lets others run well past the viewer's comfort zone. I also think he wrote a great script. I've heard others describe it as "weak" and I initially thought that it was creating contrived situations, but it eventually serves the movie's overall purpose.
Like Bong Joon-ho (Park's frequent collaborator and fellow Korean New Waver), Chan-wook is adept at injecting pitch-black humor in the middle of violent and/or morbid scenes. The scene where Ryu is cramped in the elevator with paramedics…
It's so well done in my opinion? The whole plot is very fascinating and moving transitioning to such an intensity? It's such a good film and well shot, good acting and just so amazing...gosh
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Not as good as Old Boy, though it's also a different film. For one, the pacing is much slower, so much so that it brings down the film. This also brings us to the problem of the script which seems a bit light and as a result it's as if there is filler until we get to the point of the film. Once everything picks up steam, it's good and feels very "Cohen Brothers-esque" as essentially everything goes wrong for all of the main characters. It's well done, but it feels like a precursor to Park's masterpiece.
Country: South Korea
I know, another rating and review that most will disagree with and some will even cry “blasphemer!” at me; I honestly don't believe it myself as most of the movies I see from South Korea I dig, I've heard so many good things about the director and the plot-while dark-did sound interesting in an oddball way. Unfortunately, aside from some moments this was just something that I rejected and this ends my month of foreign movie watching (at least, I watched them more often this month than I usually do; I still watch a decent amount the other 11 months) on a down note, something I was not…
The second half is as deliriously violent as the first was methodical and slow paced. In terms of other crime gone wrong films, I don't think I've seen one as intricate and detailed as this one in a long time.
Maybe in a couple days I'll realize I'm completely undervaluing this film, but for now, it is what it is and what it is is what it is.
At the risk of sounding cliched, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is the most sympathetic of the Vengeance trilogy. It doesn't possess the blood lust of of Oldboy or the lust of Lady Vengeance, but it does possess more humanity than both films.
A gut-wrenching film that delivers on its title. This is my first film by Park Chan-wook, and I intend to see all of the "vengeance trilogy" films. Park sticks to the old adage "show, don't tell," which is perfect for a film about a deaf and dumb man whose attempt to save his dying sister leads to a pile of bodies. This seems like such a succinct presentation of the cycle of violence leading to more violence that I'm curious as to where the "vengeance" films go from here. I look forward to the other two films.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…
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