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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Boksuneun naui geot

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


Urgently in need of the money to pay for his gravely ill sister’s kidney transplant, Ryu, a punky deaf-mute factory worker, resorts to kidnapping the daughter of a wealthy industrialist—an act of desperation which leads to a series of events that spiral into a bloody cycle of violence and revenge.

Our take

Oldboy wasn’t even the half of it! South Korea’s Park Chan-wook began his famed “Vengeance Trilogy” with this wild, magnificently stylish thriller. Initially given only the smallest of releases, it became a cult phenomenon—and depending on who you ask, may be even better than its more famous cousin.

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Directed by Park Chan-wook

Critics reviews

It’s a difficult balancing act, but Park crafts his layers carefully and masterfully.
August 16, 2005
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This deeply twisted and bizarre movie from South Korea comes close to the spirit of Jacobean revenge tragedy, with its extravagant violence, its sentimental sibling relationship, brooding malcontentism and flair for piercing images of horror.
May 29, 2003
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The end result is wondrous and horrible, a movie that will give you nightmares but leave you in awe of its power.
March 29, 2002
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