Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

March 29, 2002 0 By Fans
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A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Release Year: 2002

Rating: 7.8/10 (22,827 voted)

Critic's Score: 56/100

Chan-wook Park

Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae

In Seoul, Ryu, a deaf worker has a sister who needs a kidney transplant. He tries to donate his own kidney to his sister, but his blood type is not compatible with hers. When Ryu is fired from Ilshin Electronics, he meets illegal dealers of organs, and the criminals propose that he give them his kidney plus ten millions Won to obtain a kidney suitable for his sister. Ryu accepts the trade, but he does not have money to pay for the surgery. His anarchist revolutionary girlfriend Cha Young-mi convinces him to kidnap Yossun, the daughter of his former employer Park, who owns Ilshin Electronics. However, a tragedy happens, generating revenge and a series of acts of violence.

Writers: Mu-yeong Lee, Chan-wook Park


Kang-ho Song

Park Dong-jin

Ha-kyun Shin


Doona Bae

Cha Yeong-mi

Ji-Eun Lim

Ryu's Sister

Bo-bae Han


Se-dong Kim

Chief of Staff

Dae-yeon Lee


Ju-bong Gi

Gyu-su Jeong

Jae-yeong Jeong

Husband of Dong-jin's ex-wife's

Kan-hie Lee

Park Dong-jin's ex-wife

Kwang-rok Oh


Seung-wan Ryoo

Delivery Boy

Seung-beom Ryu

Retarded Boy at River

Revenge Was Never This Sweet

Release Date: 29 March 2002

Box Office Details

Budget: $4,000,000


Opening Weekend: $9,827
(21 August 2005)
(3 Screens)

Gross: $1,954,937
(25 March 2007)

Technical Specs



Did You Know?


All characters that used sign language learned alongside deaf and dumb individuals, having sign-language conversations with them about the movie.


In the ransom photo of Yoosun, she is wearing the necklace Ryu made. However, he hadn't given her the necklace when he took the photo, it was later, when he traded the necklace for her doll.


Park Dong-jin:
I know you're a good guy… but you know why I have to kill you…

User Review

A stunning piece of work. One of the most impressive movies I've seen this decade.


I know absolutely NOTHING about Chan-wook Park, but after watching
For Mr. Vengeance' I would put him straight at the top of my most
new directors list. This is a stunning piece of work which wipes the floor
with contemporary Hollywood's so-called "thrillers". It's a very grim and
depressing movie, full of violence, but also includes some great
performances, some beautiful sequences, and characters you genuinely
empathize with. Sadly very few people are going to see this brilliant
and the few who get to hear about it will be told about the more extreme
brutal scenes and will probably think it's just about shock for shocks
It's anything but. In many ways it harks back to the days when a dark and
serious movie like 'Taxi Driver' could find a mass adult audience, rather
than the moronic Bad Boys/Charlie's Angels movie culture we're now faced
with. Ha-kyun Shin plays Ryu, an unemployed deaf mute who is desperate to
help his sick sister (Ji-Eun Lim) who needs a kidney transplant. When his
experiences on the organ black market fail (the movie deals with this and
don't want to spoil it) his politically extreme girlfriend Yu-sun (Bo-bae
Han) hatches a kidnap plan. This sets off a tragic chain of events that
just have to see to believe! I was immediately fascinated with the movie
my interest never let up for a minute. The actors are all first rate, and
Park's direction is difficult to fault. The movie continually surprises
the way up to its very compelling climax. 'Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance' is
one of the most impressive movies I've seen this decade. Make sure you get
to see it!