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.
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…
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…
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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. 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…
This is the film that starts off Chan-wook Park's Vengeance trilogy is one a lot of cinephiles should know by now, Oldboy. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance isn't exactly up to that level but it also does start everything off rather nicely. There's already a lot of proof from a film like this alone that Koreans do have a rather unique sort of revenge thriller, they really don't make movies like this in Hollywood.
It's a portrait of loss and the coping, but there's some sort of a unique spin placed on it the way Chan-wook Park looks at it. It's a very common theme for revenge thrillers, sure, but when we look at how a filmmaker like Chan-wook Park takes…
Depicting two tales of vengeance bound together through the excruciating pain of an accident, Chan-Wook Park's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is often overshadowed by its successor, Oldboy.
But while Oldboy gives us a definitive hero and villain, this film grants ambiguity. Here, we have two antiheroes, their stories told primarily through two separate acts where we are made to feel for both of their causes.
Deaf factory worker Ryu kidnaps his boss's daughter in order to pay for his sister's organ treatment. He has attempted multiple times to get her the procedure through morally sound methods; he is taken advantage of each time. The father of the girl, Park, finds his daughter, drowned when she falls into the river under…
ummmm...the neighbour guys beating off single file on a bed and the third guy in line sensually rubbing his friend's silky soft back flesh...you're a filthy god damn liar if you say that didn't get your juices flowing.
Park Chan-wook is really good at making movies. I feel bad I haven't seen more of his work. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is not quite on Oldboys level, but it's close.
OLDBOY WHO??? honestly this is one of the best movies ever made
i hated it like was it even a park chan wook movie im wondering
I felt bad watching Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, because I feel like I totally missed the point of Oldboy. How the hell did I like Mr.Vengeance, and Lady Vengeance, but couldn't get into Oldboy at all.
In a lot of ways this trilogy is the perfect definition for how genre cinema was altered dramatically by the Internet in good ways and bad ways. In fact I would argue that Mr. Vengeance might even the a perfect amalgamation for how the Internet changed genre filmmaking. Sure, it probably gave a whole generation of Internet film nuts their very first taste of visual storytelling. It probably got a whole group of people to fall in love with thematic purpose in films. It…
What's in a name? With a title like Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and knowing that the film is directed by the same Koren director that gave us the wonderful Oldboy, I expected a sick, twisted tale of...well...vengeance. What I got was a meditative melodrama with small bursts of gore and exploitation.
Sympathy is the first film in Park's "Vengeance Trilogy". It is the story of a mute boy that attempts to sell his kidney on the black market in attempt to save his sister how has diabetes and needs a kidney replacement. When that backfires they are forced to abduct the daughter of a former boss. This also doesn't go as planed and leads to unfortunate circumstances for everyone involved.…
This is definitely a well directed and acted film. Park Chan-Wook's direction in this film is stellar. This film is full of stunning shots and the cinematography is just as outstanding. The acting is very strong, especially from the main two characters. They are superb in this film, and serve as complex characters. I was really hooked into the first act of this film.
Unfortunately the way the story unfolds and the events that follow after the first act really took me out of the film. It just felt so over the top and gratuitous. The violence was unnecessary to me. It really detached me from the story and the characters. I can understand people liking this but it didn't work for me.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…