Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (; lit. "Vengeance Is Mine") is a 2002 South Korean thriller film directed and co-written by Park Chan-wook. The film stars Shin Ha-kyun as Ryu, a young, deaf-mute factory worker trying to earn enough money for his sister's kidney transplant by holding the daughter of a wealthy man for ransom, and the path of vengeance that follows when the plan goes awry. Alongside Ha-kyun, the film's cast includes Song Kang-ho, Bae Doona, Han Bo-bae, and Im Ji-eun.
Ryu is a deaf-mute man who works in a factory. His ailing sister is in desperate need of a kidney transplant, but Ryu's is not a match. After he loses his job, Ryu contacts a group of black market organ dealers to exchange one of his kidneys for one that his sister can use. However, the dealers disappear after taking Ryu's kidney and severance money. A legitimate kidney donor is found, but after having been conned by the organ dealers, Ryu is unable to afford the operation. To raise money, Yeong-mi, Ryu's radical anarchist girlfriend, suggests kidnapping the daughter of the executive that fired Ryu. They observe the executive with company president Park Dong-jin arriving at the latter's home one day, where one of Dong-jin's employees, Peng, attempts to commit harakiri in front of them. Ryu and Yeong-mi change their plan, deciding to kidnap Dong-jin's young daughter Yu-sun.
|author||Lee Mu-yeong Park Chan-wook|
|genre||action crime drama thriller|
|keywords||achilles tendon anarchist baseball bat black market booby trap deaf-mute disabled harakiri id investigator kidnap kidney donor kidney transplant kill mentally disabled organ dealers organ trafficking private investigator river riverbed young daughter|
|musicBy||Baik Hyun-jhin Jang Young-gyu|
|publisher||CJ Entertainment Tartan Films|
|theme||neo-noir south korean|