Sympathy For Mr Vengeance


Revenge is a dish best served bleurgh in this seriously squishy, borderline-emetic Korean revenge thriller. It focuses on a deaf-mute man's attempts to procure a kidney for his ailing sister - only for organ swaps, kidnappings, rapes, electrocutions, drownings, spurting arteries and, yes, rivers of shit to muddy things.

Director Park Chan-Wook's take on such atrocities is part farcical, part poker-faced, pitching the film intriguingly between absurdism and horror. But his slow-burn study of ill justice, set against a backdrop of social inequality, is cheapened by its gloating excess. It's an astonishing symphony of suffering that lacks all sympathy, and while it doesn't soft-pedal its brutalities, it doesn't exactly substantiate them either.

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  • UK Theatrical Release Date: January 1st 2004

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    • metalgatesolid

      Dec 8th 2009, 20:55


      I Suggest someone from Total Film review this film again. 2 out of 5? Seriously??? This film is what Asia cinema is about...pure shocks. I watched this film open mouthed. The edig is the most shocking i have seen, there is no redemption, no happy ending just a final act that leaves you thinking "the hell did i just see?". If your a fan of extreme asian cinema, this is a must. Only Ichi The Killer and Old Boy has shocked me more in films.

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