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Sympathy for Mr Vengeance

Director: Park Chan-Wook

SOUTH KOREA • 2002 • SUBTITLED • COLOUR • DOLBY DIGITAL STEREO • 121 MIN.


After directing one of the groundbreaking hits of modern Korean cinema with Joint Security Area, director Park Chan-wook turned to a more personal and challenging form of cinema that would eventually lead to a trilogy of films on the theme of revenge, culminating with his latest, Lady Vengeance. The first instalment in the series, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance tells of Ryu, a deaf and dumb steelworker who kidnaps his boss’ daughter in order to pay for a kidney operation for his sister. After the kidnapping goes awry, Ryu and his girlfriend struggle to avoid Ryu’s old boss, who’s determined to take an eye for an eye. As things go from bad to worse for everyone involved, there’s no redemptive light at the end of the tunnel, just a maze of complex moral issues that are brought vividly to life by Park and his excellent cast.

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