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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.
I think of all the films of the trilogy, this is where Park Chan Wook is best at balancing the extremely descriptive dialogue, and the bold omissions where he chooses to let the viewers understand alone. These omissions create a chilling effect at first and appear almost sadistic, but they're also extremely gripping since they require real attention from an audience that never knows what's coming.
In those moments where we are made to put the pieces together by ourselves, we are picturing in our minds something that we cannot see on screen - and this is where the magic happens. Like in Bergman's Persona (maybe the most obvious and most famous example) and countless other movies where a character…
@ Suns Cinema: A very surprising movie with incredible POV and sound design. Definitely a must see in a theater if you can do it.
lots and lots of violence and blood
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is another impressive and brutal tale of revenge by Chan-wook Park. It has a slow, silent and subtle build-up to a dark, tragic and brutal final act. It includes some superb performances (especially by Kang-ho Song <3) of some rich characters that you empathize with, no music, beautifully composed shots, some emotionally tough and depressing scenes, and gut-wrenching violence.
It's beautiful, but cold and bloody. The "worst" of the incredible trilogy.
God, I hate knives...
I don't think Park understands tragedy, like, at all.
October 2016: Smiler Grogan’s Scavenger Hunt #2
TASK #4: A South Korean film!
Brutal and grounded yet incredibly beautiful, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance makes for a terrific first installment in director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance trilogy, with an intelligent and thoughtful script and superb acting throughout.
Look I'm not a parent but if your kid doesn't realise they've been kidnapped then, I dunno, maybe it's not imperative that you get that kid back
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
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