Korean director Park Chan-wook followed up his highly acclaimed Joint Security Area with this tale of a deaf mute named Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun) trying to help his sister (Lim Ji-Eun) get a kidney transplant. Because his blood type is incompatible and no donors are available, he turns to a group of black-market organ dealers who offer to find one in return for one of his and ten million won. The dealers rip him off, so Ryu conspires with his girlfriend, a political activist, to kidnap his former boss’ young daughter and ransom her for the ten million won. –amctv
A versatile stylist with an aesthetic that straddles the line between the idiosyncratic and the mainstream, Park Chan-wook is best known for his 2000 film Joint Security Area, a powerful story about a murder along the Demilitarized Zone between North and South Korea that became the biggest box-office hit in the history of Korean cinema. (It was later supplanted by the action film Shiri, which also dealt with North-South relations.) Park’s interest in film began in college at Sogang University, where he started the “film gang” club and published a number of critical studies on contemporary cinema. After graduating from the Department of Philosophy, he began working in the film industry as an assistant director to Gwak Jae-young on A Sketch of a Rainy Day (1988). In 1992, he directed his first feature, The Moon Is…the Sun’s Dream, a gangster drama, and shifted gears into comedy with 1997’s Trio, a romp about three pals on the run from the law. Neither of these films gained much recognition… read more
Ennesimo splendido capitolo della trilogia della Vendetta di Park Chan-Wook. Parte in modo insolitamente lento e poi diventa un crescendo, con un ribaltamento dei ruoli a metà e il ritmo che si impenna in un vortice di violenza e di rappresaglie che suggeriscono un ciclo infinito di sangue. Diretto in maniera magistrale, con la solita eleganza nelle inquadrature e nella fotografia da urlo. 4*
Multi-layered, double-crossing revenge, served up as only Park could: brutal and bloody. Film #1 in his Vengeance trilogy, it’s easily the most satisfying of the trio – perfectly paced, punctuated with brilliant elements of violent horror as seemingly normal individuals get sucked into a plot that always has a further little twist of the knife.
The second of Park’s Vengeance trilogy, Oldboy, is astonishing. Its energy fairly bristles off the screen, and nearly every scene is graphic in its intensity. But Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, the one… read review
at last i concluded my vengeance trilogy with this film, which ironically is the first entry of the three film. And having finished watching all three, i can conclude that this is, while not having… read review