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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 »
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(213 articles)
User Reviews:
Well crafted and challenging See more (123 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:
The delivery guy killed at Yeong-mi's house is played by Seung-wan Ryoo, a Korean director. He is the brother of actor Seung-beom Ryu whose role in this move is a retarded boy at the river.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When Ryu rides the elevator with the police with Cha Yeong-mi's dead body, the sheet used to cover the body gets "pulled" down instead of coming down on it's own.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:
Featured in Greatest Expectations (2003)See more »

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87 out of 99 people found the following review useful.
Well crafted and challenging, 12 April 2003
Author: Simon Booth from UK

Vengeance is one of humanity's more lamentable instincts, and one we'll have to overcome as a species one day. When one acts out of vengeance one seeks only to hurt, and when people start hurting each other because they're hurt themselves, everybody ends up hurting and nobody really gains anything.

I think that's the main message Park Chan-Wook wants us to take away from SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE, though the movie is complex and oblique and doubtless open to many interpretations. It is a challenging movie in many ways - the story is never spelled out clearly, leaving the viewer to deduce many key events and motivations. Dialogue is sparse, and this is not solely attributable to the fact that the main character is deaf and dumb. The movie also challenges - almost terrorises - with its bleakness and occasional scenes of quite disturbing violence and gore.

SFMV is an ambitious project, and one that doesn't fit into any established cinematic mould. The story, characters, themes and aesthetics are all very unusual and creative. I can't think of any other film that's quite like it, though at times I likened the experience to that of watching certain Takashi Miike movies. Actually, Kim Ki-Duk's movies are probably the closest point of reference, though Park Chan-Wook's film is smarter.

SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is not a movie I'd choose for a movie night with friends, or one that I'd lend or recommend to most of the people I know. Perhaps I'm unfair in my assessment of my friends, but I can't think of many that would enjoy it. Actually I'm surprised that the film is held in such wide regard, as its not a conventional film or an easy film, and is far more art than entertainment. In my experience that narrows a film's audience significantly, but I've yet to hear anybody express a negative reaction to the film. I guess originality and technical virtuosity are still appreciated after all - perhaps more so by those that have gravitated to Korean cinema in recent years than in other groups, since they are most often to be found there.

With JSA and SFMV, Park Chan-Wook has definitely shown himself to be one of the brightest figures in the new wave of Korean directors. Both are very well crafted in pretty much every respect. The cast of SFMV also deserve commendation for their performances, which are all good. Song Kang-Ho steals the show with a wonderfully understated performance, though.

Recommended, but make sure you know what you're getting.

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