SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE
Directed by Park Chan-wook
Written by Lee Moo-young, Lee Jong-yong & Park Ridame
Produced by Lee Jae-soon
Cast: Song kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Du-na & Lim Ji-eun
2.28:1 anamorphic/Korean/Korea/NTSC Region 3
Review from the CJ Entertainment DVD
After missing work too many times, Shin looses his job at the factory. He's deaf-mute and has to take care of his ill sister who badly needs a kidney transplant. With no work or money, he decides to have his kidney removed by a clandestine gang of organs traders but ends up loosing more then he bargained for. His girlfriend, Yong-Mi which is a self-proclaimed social activist, finds a way to make some "easy" money... all they would have to do is to kidnap a kid from a wealthy family and ask a ransom.
Everything seems to be working fine, they get the money from the father, Don-jin, and even manage to build a relationship with the kid making her think that they are friends of her father and that they are infact babysitting her! But then things takes a dramatic turn and everything goes wrong... everyone will seek to avenge the tragedy and misfortune others inflicted upon them.
Director Park Chan-wook, who previously gave us JOIN SECURITY AREA, delivered a dark, haunting, touching and deeply disturbing film. Unexpected plot twists, graphic violent moments and a complex structure rises this film above the rest. This is one film you'll have to see and experience by yourself to truely understand.
This is another superb edition from CJ Entertainment. The film is presented in a superbly transfered 2.28:1 aspect ratio. The image is anamorphic and there is absolutely no complains I can make on the image. The color are beautifuly rendered. The DTS and 5.1 Dolby Digital audio tracks sounds great, no complains there either. There is also a very good 2.0 Dolby Surround track. The film is in Korean but we have the option of easy to read removable white English subtitles. Once again this is a superb transfer coming from Korea but as always there's one big problem...
As we move to the second disc which is filled with extras there are no English subs available which is a shame especially considering all of the extras on this second disc! Anyway, here we go: first there's 'In Process of Mr. Vengeance' which takes a look at Dactylology, special makeup, cameo role and star review. 'My Boksu Story' is basically a Q & A with cast and crew. We get more interviews with the crew, production notes, two scenes through storyboards, more interviews, a still gallery and the very good trailer. The menus look great and features animation and sounds. The film is separated in 19 chapters, comes in a keep case with a very nice 4 pages booklet. Highly recommended.
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Review by Kim Dubuisson. All Right Reserved. 2003. ©
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