The first 1012 films are from The 1,000 Greatest Films list, and maintain the original order. The films that follow…
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…
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…
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.
Song Kang-ho is one of my favorite actors, but the plot here is kinda all over the place. It's really bleak too. Still, it was well directed and acted I thought, so I enjoyed it on some level.
So funny, so dark. It's a one of a kind crime movie revolving around a low-stakes kidnapping. Great use of wide-angle lenses and framing, casually dropping handheld shots into stabilized sequences.
The scene where the two young people plan their kidnapping is striking in the way it handles tons of exposition while never being boring. I don't know if I've ever seen a movie go from slapstick to horrific cruelty and back so quickly. Neither element is shortchanged.
Worth looking at again.
Park Chan-Wook's criminally underrated masterpiece is a harrowing , bleak and brutal film that dives head first into themes of kidnapping , revenge and quite simply , human suffering. The shot composition and cinematography in general is some of the best I have ever seen , you could pause it at any moment and whatever is on screen can be framed on a wall , its just so beautiful.
Sympathy For Mr.Vengeance (like most Chan-Wook films) creates a incredible feeling of tension and dread building throughout with the pitch black tone and non-diegetic sound design. Song Kang-Ho and Bae Doona are both brilliant in their roles but Shin Ha-kyun steals the show with his phenomenal performance playing a deaf mute hellbent on getting revenge.
Sympathy for Mr Vengeance is a slow burning, quiet and hauntingly beautiful tale of revenge and human suffering. Slow boiling brutal gut punch cinema.
Much better than Sympathy for Lady Vengance, but still a little dark for my taste.
best of trilogy...uglyy and beautiful!
a man decides to kidnap his former boss' daughter for ransom so he can pay for his sister's kidney transplant.
part one of the directors vengeance trilogy
Desperation turns to trauma turns to disgusting and outsized overreactions. The arcs of Park Chan-Wook's revenge pictures tend to follow an outrageous and stylized version of feelings so many of us have on a regular basis. To avoid dealing directly with pain, violent lashings out become these characters' outlets for their anguish. Of course, this only leads to worse things for everyone, but dang it if it isn't thrilling to see. This director is one of the greats.
Stray thought: For a man who cannot hear anything, Ryu sure does get behind the wheel a whole bunch. That might be the most carelessly dangerous act in the movie.
Chan-wook Park can make a damn good revenge film. Better than damn good, its freakin awesome. Loved this one as much as Oldboy and now i'm psyched for Lady Vengeance.
Probably my least favorite of Park's Vengeance trilogy but still enjoyed it and worth checking out if you're a fan of his other stuff, so some may not want to check it out. You know who you are.
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