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Release Date:
29 March 2002 (South Korea) See more »
Revenge Was Never This Sweet
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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  (in credits order)

Kang-ho Song ... Dong-jin Park

Ha-kyun Shin ... Ryu

Doona Bae ... Yeong-mi Cha
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 ... Dong-jin Park's ex-wife
Kwang-rok Oh ... Anarchist
Jae-woong Park
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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Also Known As:
"Boksuneun naui geot" - South Korea (original title)
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Rated R for strong gruesome violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use
129 min | Japan:117 min | UK:121 min
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
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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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Ha-kyun Shin complained of being hurt by Kang-ho Song in the scene where he slaps his face recklessly. The filming crew noticed his face looked different from injuries.See more »
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 »
Cha Yeong-mi:The bad image kidnappers get is because of kids getting killed. But we're different. Give us the money and we'll return the kid pronto.See more »
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45 out of 52 people found the following review useful.
Art House Violence, Korean Style, 16 June 2002
Author: Mitch Mattraw from Seattle, Washington

The heir apparent to Sam Peckinpah is tucked away far from Hollywood. Chan-wook Park, I'm sure few people know of him outside of Korea but talent like this can not go unoticed for long. I knew nothing of this film or Mr. Park before seeing it at the Seattle International Film Festival. Human (political?) isolation permeates the film, connectiveness to others whether familial or conjugal comes with a steep price to pay. Vengence to reclaim honor is a staple in Asian cinema, Mr. Park's "Revenge" completely sidesteps the tired honor formula making us question what happens when normal folk take revenge into the realm of pyschotic? This is the type of film that you and your friends will passionately discuss over STRONG drinks afterwords, there is no nuetrality in opinions, like Solondz's "Hapiness" you love it or hate it. As the film ended, a packed house gave a tepid applause, not because of a lack of enthusiasm, a collective numbness left a pall over the audience, a raping of all the senses. Like Cronenberg's "Crash" and Tarkovsky's "Stalker", one becomes defeated by a hypnotic sense of forboding, you are forced to endure it, pummeled into submission. The violence is very graphic, but as much as Mr. Park show's, it's what he doesn't show that makes him so talented, the subtle use of sound to advance the film is outright brilliance. Like Takeshi Kitano's early films, the extreme violence is never gratuitous yet the like offbeat humor, very unsettling. "Sympathy For Mr. Vengence" is not 'dark' it is uncompromisingly bleak, ah but bleakness never looked so good!

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