Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

2002

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Critics Consensus

Though Park directs with stylistic flair, this revenge thriller is more excessively gruesome than thrilling.

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A deaf-mute man, Ryu, works in a smelting factory and inhabits his own silent world, oblivious to the din both at work and in his downscale apartment building. He idolizes his sister, who urgently needs a kidney transplant, and when he's laid off and then tricked out of his savings by organ traffickers, his wacko girlfriend, Yeong-mi, suggests kidnapping his former boss's daughter to pay for his sister's operation. Yeong-mi sees it as social revenge. Ryu, initially scared of the consequences, finally agrees after seeing another laid-off worker attempt hara-kiri outside the boss's home. After kidnapping the boss's daughter, their whole plan starts to quickly unravel with horrible consequences.

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Cast

Song Kang-ho
as Park Dong-jin
Lim Ji-Eun
as Ryu's Sister
Bae Doo-na
as Cha Yeong-mi
Im Ji-eun
as Ryu's Sister
Han Bo-bae
as Yu-sun
Se-dong Kim
as Chief of Staff
Jae-yeong Jeong
as Husband of Dong-jin's Ex-wife
Kan-hie Lee
as Park Dong-jin's Ex-wife
Kwang-rok Oh
as Anarchist
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Critic Reviews for Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

All Critics (56) | Top Critics (15)

  • Park prizes craftsmanship over bargain-bin schlock. It's an odd testament to his spiritedness that, despite the coldblooded killing and trail of the dead, Mr. Vengeance feels warmly suffused with life.

    Oct 28, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • It is a worthy start to a trilogy and to a director who is fast establishing himself as a new light in Asian cinema.

    Sep 23, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Promises to be a stylish, resonant plunge into the dark waters of despair and revenge but ends up amusing itself with ostentatious shocks.

    Sep 9, 2005 | Rating: 2/4
  • It's all a little ultra-cool for me. Shakespeare was right. Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold, not cool.

    Sep 8, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4
  • So bloody, scatologically violent and consistently shocking, it seems to have no larger purpose than itself -- which is pretty grim.

    Aug 26, 2005 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…
  • Somehow you'd be more won over by his anti-revenge case if he didn't seem to be having such a good time making it.

    Aug 25, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4

    Gene Seymour

    Newsday
    Top Critic

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