Saturday, May 26, 2007

Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)

Korean director Park Chan-wook followed up his highly acclaimed Joint Security Area with this tale of a deaf mute named Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun) trying to help his sister (Lim Ji-Eun) get a kidney transplant. Because his blood type is incompatible and no donors are available, he turns to a group of black-market organ dealers who offer to find one in return for one of his and ten million won. The dealers rip him off, so Ryu conspires with his girlfriend, a political activist, to kidnap his former boss' young daughter and ransom her for the ten million won. But a horrible complication ruins their plans and things begin to spiral out of control as the girl's father (Song Kang-ho) decides to take matters into his own hands with the help of a sympathetic cop. ~ Tom Vick, All Movie Guide

Not to give anything away, everyone dies. Or more specifically all sinners are punished, except for the cop and the strange man that hangs out at the river and likes colorful necklaces.

Rating: 2.5 (/5)

Lady Vengeance (2005) has the same theme of good ransom and bad ransom

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