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.

Director:

Chan-wook Park

Writers:

Myeong-chan Park (comic), Mu-yeong Lee (screenplay) | 4 more credits »
7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Kang-ho Song ... Dong-jin Park
Shin Ha-kyun ... Ryu
Bae Doona ... Yeong-mi Cha
Ji-Eun Lim Ji-Eun Lim ... Ryu's Sister
Bo-bae Han Bo-bae Han ... Yu-sun
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
Byung-Hoon Nam Byung-Hoon Nam ... Man 1
Jae-woong Park ... Man 2
Jeong Gyu-Su ... Doctor 1
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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

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Taglines:

Revenge Was Never This Sweet

Genres:

Crime | 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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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

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...
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Crazy Credits

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

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Referenced in The Suspect (2013) See more »

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Genius...
30 May 2004 | by PhillehSee all my reviews

Chan Wook-Park is for my money, the greatest film maker alive today. His recent work (the second part in his "Revenge Trilogy" just won the Grand Prix at Cannes) has seen him grow even stronger! But with this, we saw the director of S. Korea's biggest ever film for it's time (Joint Security Area) grow up, and do something he HONESTLY wanted to do. Sympathy for Mr. Vengance is not a nice film, it's brutal, cold and very bleak, but who said movies cannot be like this? let alone be... dare I say... "Enjoyable"?

The acting, the camera work, the cinematography... hell, the whole production set a new standard for new-wave Korean art-house cinema, it showed how art can remain with it's roots but still show it's mainstream tendencies. Hence, Chan Wook-Park being able to bring truly personal movies, that he has control over 100% to out big screens, with out any producer BS, proving that film makers CAN make what they want, if they have the courage and heart!

This movie will never be liked by many, as many may find it deceiving, how such a pretty looking movie can turn out to be so brutal and attack there moral sense, but hey, if they don't want to be challenged they can stay home and watch the far more violent "Bad Boys 2"...

Roll one Sympathy for Mrs. Vengance... the final part in the "Revenge Trilogy"


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Country:

South Korea

Release Date:

29 March 2002 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, 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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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