Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance Movie Review Summary

Actors: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin

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SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE (Boksuneun naui geot) is a Korean movie co-written and directed by Chan-wook Park in 2002. One of the highlights of these new Korean movies which have invaded the movie festivals since 1995, SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE begins like a melodrama and ends in an atmosphere of violence, visual and psychologic, rarely seen in the South Korean cinema.
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Ryu is deaf and mute and has actually only one idea in mind: to find an healthy new kidney for his sister who's anxiously waiting for a donor. Ryu and his friend Cha plan to kidnap the daughter of a small businessman in order to raise the money to pay for the organ. The kidnapping is a success but, in the meantime, Ryu's sister discovers what his brother has done for her. She commits suicide and, a few hours later, the kidnapped little girl drowns accidentally while Ryu is burying his sister.

From this moment on, the movie adopts the point of view of the little girl's father, Park, who doesn't understand why his daughter has died since he had done everything the kidnappers wanted him to do. While the police is unable to find the kidnappers, a vengeful Park is starting his own investigations that will lead him to Ryu and Cha for a dramatic and gory finale.

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Plot & Themes

Time/era of movie:    -   2000's+ (present) Family, caring for sick?    -   Yes Who is sick?    -   Sister because he/she is    -   physically ill Crime & Scandal    -   Yes Vigilante/Revenge?    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   blue collar Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   Other Asian


Asia/Pacific/Middle East    -   Yes Asian country:    -   the Koreas Water?    -   Yes Water:    -   drowning    -   river

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   very explicit references to deaths and torture Sex/nudity in movie?    -   Yes What kind of sex:    -   touching of personal anatomy    -   actual description of sex    -   seeing breasts

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