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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:
Modern masterpiece. 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
 
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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:
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:
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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in The Suspect (2013)See more »

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77 out of 90 people found the following review useful.
Modern masterpiece., 17 August 2005
Author: Bono Cudgney from Australia

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is, simply put, the best film I have seen all year.

Chan-wook Park's mastery of cinematic language is stunning. I Recently saw Oldboy, and was intrigued by the style and freshness of that film. but where Oldboy sometimes degenerates (albeit in a very entertaining fashion) into simple violence and visceral satisfaction, Mr. Vengeance does not.

Those not accustomed to a slower paced film may say that there is too much postulation and ambiguity in this film, but they would be completely wrong. Never has a film managed to capture my attention so fully as this one. The majority of the time, we are left in quiet reflection of the events hat have taken place. The setting is rich and South Korea is shown in all its glory as a culture emerging from a somewhat torn past.

Every moment is beautifully framed and executed, and there are multiple ways in which the viewer is drawn into the lives of the characters that exist in this space. Colour is obviously very important to park, as each moment is perfectly balanced and flows from frame to frame in a way that would make most Hollywood directors green with envy.

The themes of vengeance and tragic fate are intertwined in such a way that almost numbs the senses after a time. Even though there is no "hero" or "villian" in this film, each character shares the spotlight in turn and the motivations for their actions are slowly revealed, justified, and then torn apart as fate intervenes to bring everything to a point of complete helplessness and futility.

A very powerful, beautiful film.

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