Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: June 14, 2002
DVD Release Date: November 22, 2005
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Critic Score: 54% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

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

Wesley Morris
Boston Globe

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.

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Michael Phillips
Chicago Tribune

It's all a little ultra-cool for me. Shakespeare was right. Revenge is a dish best served ice-cold, not cool.

Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

The physicality of the violence in 'Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance' spirals beyond control.

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Peter Howell
Toronto Star

It is a worthy start to a trilogy and to a director who is fast establishing himself as a new light in Asian cinema.

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G. Allen Johnson
San Francisco Chronicle

So bloody, scatologically violent and consistently shocking, it seems to have no larger purpose than itself -- which is pretty grim.

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Scott Tobias
The Dissolve

There's a genuine sophistication, both technically and thematically, to what Park is doing in Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance.

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Tom Keogh
Seattle Times

Promises to be a stylish, resonant plunge into the dark waters of despair and revenge but ends up amusing itself with ostentatious shocks.

Gene Seymour

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.

Felix Vasquez Jr.
Cinema Crazed

A disappointing, dull, and often tedious examination of different people seeking different forms of revenge...

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Flixster Audience Score: 85% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalh„es
The first film of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy is this intense, tragic and highly stylish thriller/bloodbath that plunges its miserable characters… More
Chris Weber
This is the first entry in director Park Chan-wook's so-called "Vengeance Trilogy", and man, it's a sleazy little affair. A deaf-mute… More
xGary Xx
A deaf-mute tries to sell a kidney on the black market to pay for a life saving operation for his sister, but when he wakes up left for dead minus both the… More
Alex roy
The first in Chan Wook Park's Vengeance trilogy is a well executed dramatic thriller that is superbly acted and directed. The film tells a great story to… More
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Randy Tippy
A veritable symphony of irony and karma.