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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.
Classic Korean revenge film. A tougher watch than many give it credit for. Viscerally brutal and beautifully made. Another classic.
1st installment review of the Vengeance Trilogy
Oldboy is a film that has been on my watchlist for quite some time now. So I thought Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance would be worth a watch, as it would not only make for a nice linear starting point into Park Chan-wook’s Vengeance trilogy, but also better acquaint myself with his prior work.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is about Ryu, a deaf laid off factory worker whose sister is badly in need of a kidney transplant. With intentions of finding a kidney for his sister Ryu is unfortunately forced to turn to a shady group of black market organ traffickers. After they rip him off and leave him unable to pay for his…
Film #19/Task #19
Any film made by a director who has their latest in competition at Cannes this year
I'm a huge fan of Oldboy, and I quite enjoyed this one, too. I think it doesn't hit as hard as Oldboy or give as much depth and power behind it, but it's still a great vengeance film. Chan-wook Park knows how to make revenge films and I'm excited to watch Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
I watched this wrong
this was Rough™
Really dig that Chan-wook Park craft.
A depressing and gripping thriller with fantastic, original writing and performances, great cinematography and a shocking ending that ranks among cinema's best.
The first film in Park's "Vengeance Trilogy." It's my favorite of the three.
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