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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Boksuneun naui geot

Directed by Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2002
Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Korean
  • English


The first film in Park’s Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance trails a punky deaf-mute who desperately attempts to secure money for a kidney transplant his ailing sister badly needs, leading ultimately to a series of events that spiral rapidly into a bloody cycle of violence and revenge.

Our take

Oldboy wasn’t even the half of it! Park Chan-wook began his celebrated “Vengeance Trilogy” with this stylish thriller that, depending on who you ask, may be even better than its more famous cousin.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Directed by Park Chan-wook

Awards & Festivals

Philadelphia Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Best Feature Film

Fantasia Film Festival

2003 | Winner: Best Asian Film

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