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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 »
Awards:
7 wins & 1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Art House Violence, Korean Style See more (126 total) »

Cast

  (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-bum Ryoo ... Retarded Boy at River (as Seung-beom Ryu)
Seung-wan Ryoo ... Delivery Boy

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 
Young-gyu Jang  (as 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
Jae-Won Oh 
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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Certification:
Argentina:16 | Argentina:18 (DVD rating) | Australia:R18+ | 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:
When Ryu (Ha-kyun Shin) runs up and hits the organ seller over the head with the baseball bat, the filming crew was surprised as he was told to walk up behind and hit him, not sprint and strike.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In the ransom photo of Yoosun, she is wearing the necklace Ryu made. However, he hadn't given her the necklace when he took the photo, it was later, when he traded the necklace for her doll.See more »
Quotes:
Park Dong-jin:I know you're a good guy... but you know why I have to kill you...See more »
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47 out of 55 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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