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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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2 wins See more »
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Grips you like a vice. Hits you like a ton of bricks. 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
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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
 
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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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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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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:
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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37 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
Grips you like a vice. Hits you like a ton of bricks., 22 September 2006
Author: Shawn Watson (curiositykilledshawn@gmail.com) from The Underverse

Before you watch this film, just be aware that you're not going to walk away from it with a big smile on your face. More like you'll want to slit your wrists. To say that Mr. Vengeance is a powerful, gut-wrenching nightmare is like saying that DaVinci merely dabbled in art.

The plot is so simple yet so complex. The direction is so elegant yet so hard-hitting. The simplistic nature of the story makes the descent into hell so shocking and captivating. You don't realize there is no going back until it's far, FAR too late.

Ryu is a deaf/mute who works in the loudest factory in the world, doing a really depressing job. His sister needs a kidney transplant, but they don't have the money to pay for it. He cannot give her one of his own because their blood types do not match. Ryu decides to go to black market organ traders to trade one of his own for one that matches his sister. Waking up naked and kidney-less in an abandoned building he now needs to raise money for his own kidney.

Ryu is now fired from his job by President Park, who is downsizing the company. His anarchist girlfriend Yeong-mi convinces him to kidnap Park's daughter and hold her to ransom. From then on, things get very, very, VERY heavy and the idea of who exactly Mr. Vengeance is is blurred and sympathy is felt for almost everyone. Revenge comes at a high price and seemingly never ends. Not that I am saying forgiving and forgetting is the way. But this movie will make you think twice about getting your own back.

The violence is spontaneous and extremely graphic without ever feeling exploitational. Sometimes it has a darkly comic feel to it, the rest of the time it's goddamn hardcore. You'll wince a great deal during this movie, that's for damn sure.

Park Chan-wook directs with such beautifully composed images that are far from the the garish MTV-style action/thriller movies produced in Hollywood these days. I don't want to sound like some sort of snob who proclaims all foreign films to be great and all Hollywood to be crap but it's not very often that Hollywood makes a film like this unless it's a remake. Written in a mere 20 hours in a single massive, creative outburst, this movie seems to have genius laced through every minute of it's running time.

Not a date movie, not a whogivesadamn pig-out movie. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance is a film you will be sucked right into and you'll be far from happy when you emerge at the end. But what a horrific ride!

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