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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
80 % by 1 users
(2002)

This is the story of Ryu, a deaf man, and his sister, who requires a kidney transplant. Ryu's boss, Park, has just laid him off, and in order to afford the transplant, Ryu and his girlfriend develop a plan to kidnap Park's daughter. Things go horribly wrong, and the situation spirals rapidly into a cycle of violence and revenge.

Runtime:
2:01
Released:
March 29, 2002

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Reviewed by chelano

The one good thing about this film was there was so much going on. At points you do get very confused though. When you get back to the main story, you still enjoy the film. But the film is very silent. I mean uncomfortably silent. But this is how the film needed to be. They wanted the viewer uncomfortable. Ha-kyun Shin is Deaf and also can't talk. He is trying to get a kidney for his dying sister. He is in love with a girl who considers herself a terrorist. They need money, they kidnap a young girl of a man. The story goes on and I left out all the crazy parts that makes this movie good. In the end Ha-kyun Shin's character and Kang-ho Song's character both go out on separate revenge rampages. This is until they come together and more mind blowing interesting things happen. Now what Park Chan-wook wanted to show was true revenge. That means there has to be painful scenes of people getting hurt. This movie does them. Probably not the strongest out of his revenge trilogy. Oldboy had the most, then this film, then Lady Vengeance. On a side note I did enjoy the character played by Seung-beom Ryu. He added a disturbing dark comedy side to the film in a small part. Second best out of the trilogy in my opinion.

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