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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.
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…
My biggest mistake was seeing Oldboy prior to viewing the rest of the trilogy! Oldboy was Chan-wook Parks Magnum Opus, so if you are expecting the rest of the trilogy to live up to the same quality you will be sorely disappointed! That does not mean they weren't good, they were great films but only if you judge them as stand alone movies and avoid comparing them to Oldboy!
I made the mistake of comparing this film to Oldboy and that was reflected by my original rating of 3 Stars! Having let time pass and watching the films in their correct order that score jumped a whole star to a much deserved 4 star rating!
A complex, richly layered revenge…
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.
Chan-wook Park's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a dark and disturbing, but strangely beautiful masterpiece of a thriller. It's odd just how different this is from the other Park movie I've seen, Oldboy, which is far more indulgent in its violence. It is a great movie on its own term but doesn't quite reach the emotional height of his first entry in his vengeance trilogy. Sympathy is a quietly affecting movie that creeps up on you and before you know it delivers with moments of genuine shock and anguish, elevated by the eerie calmness of the film. It is rather slow-paced and likes to keep the camera static, the dialogue scarce. The performances by the main cast is adequately understated…
after being ready for one of the most violent pictures ever i was not disappointed to stumble upon a film that uses violence in such a subtle way.
to be quiet honest it took me a while to discover that there was a sister and a girlfriend but the first half is weakest than the second as it only works as a very slow setup.
to be quite honest i never could tell who the titled MR VENGEANCE was but by the end i assume that both the brother and the father were and it all is a fable on vengeance and violence.
i was quite blown away by the cinematography, it is not only very dynamic but feels very fresh with all those top shots and wider shots.
a very good film that is surprisingly very accessible and even more approachable, not as violent as one can think it might be.
La estructura de Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance es perfecta para una historia de venganza. Delimitada en tres actos exactos, la película tiene el espacio para desarrollar a sus dos protagonistas por separado y juntarlos en su choque para el último acto. Lo que vemos es una situación y una serie de consecuencias que a su vez trae más consecuencias hasta que el circulo de venganza se agota. Park Chan-Wook omite las acciones haciendo de cada corte una ruleta rusa en la que podemos caer en una comedia o en thriller, que sin embargo nunca deja de avanzar.
Para mi, su mejor película.
- Véase, también Blue Ruin en el mismo estilo e intención, pero enfocada a un sólo protagonista.
"Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" is the first installment in what is one of the bloodiest cinematic trilogies ever embarked upon. A stylish blend of surreal imagery intertwined with pitch-black humor, and stomach-turning violence. As a director, Chan-wook Park possesses a remarkable eye for detail and framing, and he is simply unrivaled in his approach to modern Asian filmmaking. The films intricate plot appears fairly straightforward at first, but slowly, deliberately moves into uncharted waters.
A deaf mute named Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun) devises a kidnapping plot to pay for a kidney transplant for his dying sister that spins out of control into a bloody cycle of retribution. Ryu's scheme quickly, hideously backfires, making him one of two Mr. Vengeances in the…
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance - South Korean film co-written and directed by Park Chan-wook. Starring Song Kang-ho, and Shi Ha-kyun. This is the first part in the trilogy by Park on the subject of 'vengeance' the second part followed by 'Oldboy' (the most popular of the trilogy) and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. In 2010, as usually compelled to act by the worst disease in the Hollywood, the Warner Bros. acquired the rights to remake this film.
Shin Ha kyun is a deaf and mute, who works at a glass-factory. He loves his ailing sister, for whom he's working day and night to get her kidney-transplant - for which he keeps visiting her doctor for the donor. Shin gets fired from…
Park Chan-wook takes utilises the material to the fullest extent. No director could make this any better. Complicated allegiances conflict the audience and the framing is outstanding.
The first of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance trilogy is possibly the most hard-edged of the lot. If it wasn't so brutal it might almost be a comedy of errors as characters repeatedly fail to forsee the consequences of their actions; however, the unflinching way said consequences play out leads to a succession of the what are among the most disturbing scenes I've ever seen in a film. Not in a gore-porn way but in a straight-up visceral emotions way.
And yet somehow Park adds both comedy and beauty. Comedy because every now and then there's some bizarre pitch-black visual - a character gurning as they try to read a note attached to them by a knife, the deaf-mute protagonist-cum-antagonist blissfully eating…
The best out of Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy, I think.
An overall good revenge flick, but lacking what made Oldboy so great.
Revenge is a dish served best with kimchi.
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