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.
♪♫ 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.
Easily the weakest of The Vengeance Trilogy as you question who you're rooting for as the blood pours. Matters get excessive and unnecessarily so, thankfully lessons were learnt.
Easily one of the greatest revenge stories ever told in cinema.
"Boksuneun Naui Geot", the first film in South Korean director Chan-wook Park's acclaimed "Vengeance Trilogy", is a disturbing masterpiece of moral complexity and cold, bleak and brutal dynamics. The story, co-written by Jae-sun Lee, Jong-yong Lee, Mu-yeong Lee and Chan-wook Park revolves around Ryu (Ha-kyun Shin), a young deaf-mute man whose sister is seriously ill and desperately requires a kidney transplant. Ryu is unable to help his sister through normal channels so turns to black market organ dealers, but is cheated and left naked at a roadside sans money and kidney. His girlfriend, Yeong-mi (Du-na Bae) persuades him to raise the required money by kidnapping the child of his former boss Park (Kang-ho Song). Things go disastrously wrong however and…
SO FUCKING BRUTAL. It's very satisfying that each act is balanced by subsequent retribution though, even if it also means scene after scene of despair.
Finally completed the revenge trilogy. Why it took me so long is a mystery.
Not as artful or surreal as Old Boy, and not as chilling as Lady Vengeance, but he grounded approach makes it very effective, and funny too. I love love love Chan Wook Park (Park Chan Wook?), and having scene his trilogy in a completely non-chronological format really gave me a lens into how much he's grown as a filmmaker.
Some say that this is the best of the three, and while it could certainly be argued, I still give it to Oldboy ... but not by much.
I really enjoyed this film. I wasn't too sure how much I'd like it going in but turned out great. Early on in the film I liked how they'd subtly have visual cues to remind you that Ryu was deaf and completely unaware to what was around him. I REALLY liked how multi layered the film was and how this progressed as time went on. I wasn't expecting the film to go the direction it did when I first started watching which was a pleasent surprise.
it is the more reserved and the most serious in the investment heavy Vengeance Trilogy. while it tends to go heavy with the topic and almost convoluted with its storyline, it tries not to get too overzealous with its warpath to closure. it also has the self-awareness to make itself look generic but it eventually shells out its own form and styling without the need to look grand and overbearing.
Wow. This movie is fantastic. It is unlike anything I've ever seen. We see the story of two men who are pushed to their limits because of separate tragic circumstances. Watching them deal with their tragedy and seek their revenge is riveting cinema. Their stories are woven together and the movie goes to some unexpected places.
Well acted and visually interesting and beautiful, I loved this movie. I really can't do any justice to it with my words - just see it!
Chan-wook Park marries art film techniques--long, static, unconventionally composed shots; elliptical storytelling to the thriller genre. It is a really interesting film to watch; it tries to subvert the revenge thriller by making the various Mr. Vengeances look pitiable and pathetic, although I am not sure it totally succeeds on this front. It is a *bit* derivative of Fargo in plot and tone although Park is probably smarter and more humane than the Coen brothers are.
The film is definitely worth a rewatch; there were a lot of times where character put their plots in motion or figure things out but I wasn't quite sure how they did so.
A blend of personal favorites and films that I consider to be the "greatest." Top two-hundred is definitive. Only 1940-2015.
Sometimes I get stuck in a rut when it comes to watching films. I either just watch anything that comes…