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Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Directed by Park Chan-wook • 2002 • South Korea
Starring Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Doona
The first film in Park Chan-wook’s bracing VENGEANCE TRILOGY is a morally complex human tragedy wrapped in the guise of a stylish, blood-spattered thriller. Unable to afford proper care for his sister dying from kidney failure, deaf-mute factory worker Ryu (Shin Ha-kyun) turns to the black market to sell his own organs, only to end up cheated of his life savings. His girlfriend (Bae Doona) urges Ryu to kidnap the daughter of wealthy industrialist Dong-jin (Song Kang-ho), who recently laid him off. Ryu agrees, but unforeseen twists turn an innocent con into a merciless quest for revenge.