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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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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
Se-dong Kim Se-dong Kim ... Chief of Staff
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Choe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Masashi Fujimoto Masashi Fujimoto ... Peng
Ju-bong Gi Ju-bong Gi
Gyu-su Jeong Gyu-su Jeong
Jae-yeong Jeong ... Husband of Dong-jin's ex-wife's
Kan-hie Lee Kan-hie Lee ... Dong-jin Park's ex-wife
Kwang-rok Oh Kwang-rok Oh ... Anarchist
Jae-woong Park Jae-woong Park
Seung-bum Ryoo ... Retarded Boy at River (as Seung-beom Ryu)
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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:

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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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, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$45,289, 16 February 2006

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,954,937, 25 March 2007
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Bo-bae Han (Yu-Sun, the kidnapped girl) couldn't relax while acting for the scene where she sits in front of the TV watching cartoons with Ryu. Director Chan-Wook Park gave her food to chew on to calm her down - The second half of the scene is then mostly improvised by her and Ha-kyun Shin. 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

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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Featured in Widaehan yusan (2003) See more »

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Modern masterpiece.
17 August 2005 | by seikeden-1See all my reviews

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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