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.
NEED A REWATCH I DIDNT LIKE IT WHEN I SAW IT AND THOUGHT I MUST BE CRAZY BUT ITS SO BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOORING. BUT ITS PARK SO CAPLOCK
Things I learned about Chan-wook Park before and after a screening of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.
1. He really loves Topo Chico.
2. He bought Ms. 45 and Bullhead from the Blu-ray case in the Ritz lobby.
3. His favorite movie is Vertigo, and he met his wife during a screening and discussion of it at a university film club.
4. He's proud of I'm a Cyborg because it's the one movie he made that he could watch with his daughter.
5. He didn't want to stay up past midnight because he was TOO SLEEPY.
"I hope this movie will sit with you like this Salt Lick barbecue is sitting in my stomach." - CWP
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
A symphony of sight, sound, smell, taste, touch, all working in concert to make you look away from the screen and compel you to look back. The internet tells me there was an American remake in the works as of 2010, but I'm not surprised that such a thing would stall out - this is just too potent for a mainstream American genre movie (Spike Lee's Oldboy notwithstanding).
Favorite character detail, among many: When Park is in the middle of his obsessive quest to avenge his daughter, he finds a disabled man wearing her necklace near the place where her body was found. He's not sure at first, though, and he has to compare it with a photograph taken after…
park revels in the oddities of his characters and their circumstances, his locked down camera capturing every off-kilter detail. he doesn't treat the material with the same operatic intensity as he did with OLDBOY, opting instead for a milder tragicomic tone. shit's sad and horrific but there's largely a playful remove to it (a few exceptions, namely the daughter drowning and then the ending). this ultimately works both for and against it. gonna have to watch SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE next
Park chan wook's best...........
The movie is still in my head.
The story and screenplay are out of imagination. Usually I prefer to rewatch a movie only at a rare occasion but for this one I'm feeling that i want to rewatch it forever. I will say Sympathy for Mr.vengence is like a drug once you take it, you will get addicted. There will be no salvation from it.
I guess a clean, successful revenge plot wouldn't be exciting enough to make a movie out of. If you're going to make another film about the messy chain of violence that seeking vengeance unleashes, you have to at least do it with style, and Park Chan Wook certainly does that.
Lacked the polish of some of its Korean psych thriller contemporaries, but stylistically quite adept.
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.
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