Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (Boksuneun naui geot)
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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… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 55%

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"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."
‑ Wesley Morris, Boston Globe
"It's all a little ultra-cool for me. Shakespeare was right. Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold, not cool."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"There's a genuine sophistication, both technically and thematically, to what Park is doing in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance."
‑ Scott Tobias, The Dissolve
"Confirms Park's mastery of a niche style of cinema that is glossy, morbid and childishly provocative."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Executed with style and it sets up a situation that provides some food for thought."
‑ Jeffrey Chen, Window to the Movies
"It is a worthy start to a trilogy and to a director who is fast establishing himself as a new light in Asian cinema."
‑ Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"So bloody, scatologically violent and consistently shocking, it seems to have no larger purpose than itself -- which is pretty grim."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"A disappointing, dull, and often tedious examination of different people seeking different forms of revenge..."
‑ Felix Vasquez Jr., Cinema Crazed
"Slightly more enjoyable than getting a kidney transplant."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"The best way to describe it is as the work of an artist -- director Chanwook Park -- who possesses both a conscience and a burning desire to use images to tell stories."
‑ Chris Hewitt (St. Paul), St. Paul Pioneer Press
"Promises to be a stylish, resonant plunge into the dark waters of despair and revenge but ends up amusing itself with ostentatious shocks."
‑ Tom Keogh, Seattle Times
"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."
‑ Gene Seymour, Newsday
"Park forces us to consider a world where good intentions go awry, decent people do bad things, and fate deals cruel cards. But even at its darkest moments, Sympathy finds surprising and heartbreaking shreds of humanity."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"It's more of a freak show -- although freak shows can be fun, too."
‑ Eric D. Snider, EricDSnider.com
"A stylish exercise with some agreeably weird touches, but as a whole it substitutes atmosphere for coherence or credibility."
‑ Frank Swietek, One Guy's Opinion
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