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Release Date:
29 March 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Revenge Was Never This Sweet
Plot:
A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
2 wins See more »
User Reviews:
Revenge is a dish best served by Chan-wook Park See more (122 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Park Dong-jin
Ha-kyun Shin ... Ryu

Doona Bae ... Cha Yeong-mi
Ji-Eun Lim ... Ryu's Sister
Bo-bae Han ... Yu-sun
Se-dong Kim ... Chief of Staff
Dae-yeon Lee ... Choe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Masashi Fujimoto ... Peng
Ju-bong Gi
Gyu-su Jeong

Jae-yeong Jeong ... Husband of Dong-jin's ex-wife's
Kan-hie Lee ... Park Dong-jin's ex-wife
Kwang-rok Oh ... Anarchist
Seung-wan Ryoo ... Delivery Boy

Seung-beom Ryu ... Retarded Boy at River

Directed by
Chan-wook Park 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Jae-sun Lee 
Jong-yong Lee 
Mu-yeong Lee 
Chan-wook Park 

Produced by
Jae-sun Lee .... producer
Kang-bok Lee .... executive producer
Jin-gyu Lim .... producer
Dong-jun Seok .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Hyeon-jin Baek 
Yeong-gyu Jang 
Byung-hoon Lee 
 
Cinematography by
Byeong-il Kim 
 
Film Editing by
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Production Design by
Jung-hwa Choe 
 
Art Direction by
Sang-man Oh 
 
Costume Design by
Seung-heui Shin 
 
Sound Department
Eun-ah Choi .... dialogue editor
Sung Rok Choi .... sound effects editor
Chang-seop Kim .... sound designer
Seok-weon Kim .... sound
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound
Ju-kang Park .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Seongho Jang .... visual effects supervisor: Mofac Studio
 
Editorial Department
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Other crew
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Boksuneun naui geot" - South Korea (original title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong gruesome violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use
Runtime:
129 min | Japan:117 min | UK:121 min
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (DVD rating) | Australia:R | Brazil:14 | Canada:R (Alberta) | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Canada:14A (Ontario) | Canada:16+ (Quebec) | Chile:18 | Denmark:15 | Finland:K-18 | France:-16 | Germany:16 | Hong Kong:III | Iceland:16 | Ireland:18 | Italy:T | Japan:R-18 | New Zealand:R18 | Norway:15 | Singapore:R21 | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | Sweden:15 | Switzerland:18 (canton of Basel-Stadt) | Switzerland:16 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:18 (canton of Vaud) | UK:18 | USA:R

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Trivia:
In the first autopsy scene, Kang-ho Song is actually looking at a blank table as he does his reactions to gore sounds.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: During the scene where engineer Peng slashes his stomach four times, notice his strokes. He makes a semi-short stroke, then two strokes that are similar in length, and then a very long stroke on the bottom. All of these strokes are relatively straight; although, when you see the close-up of his gashes bleeding, you see that the first stroke is very short and angled down, and the bottom stroke is much shorter than the middle two, even though it should obviously be longer.See more »
Quotes:
Park Dong-jin:I know you're a good guy... but you know why I have to kill you...See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Lady Vengeance (2005)See more »

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52 out of 63 people found the following review useful.
Revenge is a dish best served by Chan-wook Park, 9 May 2005
Author: Gigo_Satana from Oriental State of Mind

What an erratic and interesting ride it has been for violence infested movies throughout the long decades of cinematic experiments so far. Whether it was combinations of drama, horror, even comedy or the fusion of all three simultaneously, their results rarely attained much impact aside from delivering pure shock value and strong cult followings. Nevertheless, such unfortunate stereotypes didn't prevent me from seeking out films that most people proclaimed to be "hard to stomach". Better luck next time; Funny Games, Fingered and countless cannibal themed films from Italy, respectively of course.

I often come upon films that try very hard to make me look away from the screen and try even harder to make me empathize with the characters who are delivering and or receiving the poorly climaxed torment. Such cinematic pretentiousness finds no place in my mind and gets discarded as soon as processed.

And then came Mr. Vengeance. Possibly to aid the ever growing genre of dramatically pragmatic films, bravely dealing with real life stories in a bold and sometimes unseen fashion.

What made Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance all that much visceral was the fact that there was no pleasant music to tranquilize the painful story and beautify the scenery, nor was there any stylish before-and-after fight facial expressions and catchy lines to make the whole experience seem out of this world and cool. Not that there is anything wrong with using those elements in film. And it needs to be noted how interesting Kang-ho Song is always to watch, whether he's playing an aspiring wrestler, a small town inspector or a father on an avenging rampage. Credible acting is essential in films that have to deal with heavy biases for being mentally hard to digest and visually difficult to appreciate, gladly SFMV had those holes covered with an ease.

The entire flow of the story seemed very effortless and drag free. Both the action and reaction of each character seemed to be traveling at such fast speed that rarely gave you time to over-analyze their motives and directions, which ultimately helped the story to signify the depth and restlessness of each person on a mission to get their revenge.

Audiences are always mercilessly expressing their distraught over revenge flicks for one reason or another, so if you still have any room and temptation left to see a serious and sophisticated side of revenge then I can't recommend a better film, by a better director, to take you on the hybrid journey of pain, retribution and more pain.

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