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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

Boksuneun naui geot (original title)
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A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

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Chan-wook Park

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Myeong-chan Park (comic), Mu-yeong Lee (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kang-ho Song ... Dong-jin Park
Ha-kyun Shin ... Ryu
Doona Bae ... Yeong-mi Cha
Ji-Eun Lim Ji-Eun Lim ... Ryu's Sister
Bo-bae Han Bo-bae Han ... Yu-sun
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Choi
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi ... Driver Paeng
Se-dong Kim Se-dong Kim ... Chief of Staff
Yoon-mi Lee Yoon-mi Lee ... Boss of Organ Trafficking Ring
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Retarded Boy at River (as Seung-beom Ryu)
Dae-han Ji Dae-han Ji ... Detective Ji
Jong-su Heo Jong-su Heo ... Detective Heo
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masashi Fujimoto Masashi Fujimoto ... Peng
Gyu-su Jeong Gyu-su Jeong
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Husband of Dong-jin's ex-wife
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Storyline

In Seoul, Ryu, a deaf worker has a sister who needs a kidney transplant. He tries to donate his own kidney to his sister, but his blood type is not compatible with hers. When Ryu is fired from Ilshin Electronics, he meets illegal dealers of organs, and the criminals propose that he give them his kidney plus ten millions Won to obtain a kidney suitable for his sister. Ryu accepts the trade, but he does not have money to pay for the surgery. His anarchist revolutionary girlfriend Cha Young-mi convinces him to kidnap Yossun, the daughter of his former employer Park, who owns Ilshin Electronics. However, a tragedy happens, generating revenge and a series of acts of violence. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Revenge Was Never This Sweet

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Action | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong gruesome violence, strong sexuality, language and drug use | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

South Korea

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,827, 21 August 2005

Gross USA:

$45,289

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,046,061
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

During the scene when Cha is beating Ryu after finding out about the scam, Ha-kyun Shin accidentally kneed Doona Bae in the mouth. She immediately stopped and cried for a brief moment. See more »

Goofs

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

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.
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The title card of the film is shown in both Korean and English. See more »

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Absolutely Stunning
20 October 2003 | by bluedelucaSee all my reviews

All I could think of during the last 20 minutes of this amazing film is how I am feeling the exact same way I felt as the final act played out in "Taxi Driver", were the only word floating through my brain and out my mouth was "Jesus". Anyway I was blown away.

I must admit that violence has not bothered me too much in my 25 years of watching films. It did affect me when I saw "Taxi Driver" for the first time, and it did truly mess me up when I saw "Irreversible" and now this film. I don't think I can handle too much anymore. I am glad that I was not prepared for the last act of this film. I was lulled into trance while watching the film unfold, it was mesmerizing. I loved everything about it, the acting, the story, again I had no Idea where it was going, I say again because I have mentioned this point in previous reviews, Asian films kick ass because they don't pander to focus groups or near sighted Hollywood suits, they take you places you either have no Idea where your going or take you places where you may feel the need to turn back but can't.

The relationships in this film are so pure, so real and beautiful, especially between the little girl and her captures. I love the way they set up the scene that would be the catalyst for the ensuing mayhem, even until the last second you aren't sure how far they were going to take it. I don't want to ruin anything so I will stop now.

I recommend this film to anyone who appreciates a films that break all the rules, films that are not easy to digest, films that are beautiful and tragic at the same time, and guaranteed if you see this film you will feel sympathy for anyone who is put into that postion, sympathy on both sides, Vengeance is like a pebble in the water.


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