Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

Synopsis: 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.
Director(s): Chan-wook Park
Production: Tartan Films
  7 wins & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
129 min

I'm a good person. I'm a hard worker.

My older sister is the only family I have.

To put me through art school...

she gave up college

and got a job at a factory.

But then she fell seriously ill,

and had to quit.

So I gave up art school and got a job.

But recently I made a decision.

I'm not sure whether to tell my sister

or not.

I'm hesitating even as I write this letter.

If I decide to do it...

I'll be listening to the broadcast

with my sister.

I can't speak with my mouth.

I'm deaf and dumb.

Please read this letter to my sister for me,

since I can't.

Sis, you're listening?

You told me if you die...

you want to be buried by the river

where we used to play.

All right, I'll do that.

But that'll be in 40 or 50 years' time.

I'm going to save you.

Really, I swear.


I registered to donate my kidney today.

I know you said not to...

that you'd rather die than be a burden.

But you know I never do

what I'm told. Ha ha ha.

Why did you lie that your blood type is A?

I'm telling you,

if the blood types don't match...

then we can't do a transplant!

You haven't had a blood test

since grade school, have you?

If you can't pay the hospital bills,

take her home for now.

Until we find a suitable donor.

Until then, just keep coming in for dialysis.


Your blood type is B, B!

Organs For Sale

-Hey, come in!

-What's wrong with you?

"What's wrong with you"? You, b*tch.

-You are all very lucky.

-Right, here's one.

Yeah, that's right.

Man, what is that, that f***ing... Right?

What's wrong? I wasn't going to hit you.

- What?

- Must I hold back?

The real estate guy must have thought

it'd be okay since I'm deaf.

If my sister can't sleep, then neither can I.

Aw, f***ing great!

Look here, sh*t.

Sh*t, quiet, please.

"The Ruling" - By the Revolutionary

Anarchists' Association

We sentence you to death.

I heard that...

this happened in Australia.

A man thought...

he had two heads.

Two heads?

Yeah, two.

And he kept getting headaches.

With two heads,

he had headaches all the time.

So you know what he did?

He shot...

one of his heads.

The left or the right?

July 16, 2001


Aren't you going to lunch?

Come on...

-We have to eat. Let's go.

-Let's go eat something.

You've only got 10 million won?

Well, first of all...

you give us your kidney, then we'll do it.

You give us yours

and we'll get you one for your sister.

For 10 million won.

Got it?

Your blood type's B, right?

Congratulations! This is great.

Finding a donor this fast...

is simply a miracle.

The surgery's in a week...

so have her admitted in five days.

You have got 10 million won

in your account, right?

Ha ha.

So all your problems are solved.

Isn't it great?

Are you happy now?

You idiot, you stupid f***!

That money would've saved your sister.

Why not?

Now's not the time to be thinking that way.

There's a saying:

"Is a boiled pig afraid of boiling water?"


Then what are you going to do?

You've only got a week.

You know how long it'll take

to find another donor?

Is that her?

She's cute.

Must be a friend.

That's the bastard who fired you?

Son of a b*tch.

That car's worth 10 years of your salary.

That's why we need a revolution.

So sick people will get free treatment...

and you can get...

any damned organ you need!

The bad image kidnappers get

is because of kids getting killed.

But we're different.

Give us the money,

and we'll return the kid pronto.

Sh*t, I'm afraid she'll grow too fond of us.

Maybe she won't want to go home.

She'll be playing with us all the time.

What fun!

Won't have to go to school.



It's summer vacation,

so she doesn't go to school anyway.


But think about it from

her parents' point of view.

They'll be so happy to see her again.

They'll love her even more,

and the family will be closer.

We really need the money,

so we'll ask for exactly 26 million won.

How conscientious is that, right?

That money's nothing to them...

but for us it's a matter of life and death.

Movement of capital...

maximizes the value of money,

so it's not even a crime.

Don't you think?

In this world...

there are good kidnappings

and bad kidnappings.

A good kidnapping enlists...

the parents' cooperation.

If parents call the police...

the kid dies.

The parents pay up...

and the kid gets returned.

Then nobody finds out about it.

That is why people think

all kidnappings are bad.



Can I go play at Yoosun's house?


Then will you buy me

a cell phone like Yoosun's?

Hey, President Park!

Why do you keep buying her stuff like that?

Have some consideration

for your neighbors.



President Park!

Sir, please help me! My wife ran off...

and my children are hungry.

I'm a founding employee.

In six years I never missed a day of work.

You know the percentage

of faulty goods was 0.008%.

Peng, what are you doing?

I explained it to you already.

And to come to my home...

Is he your staff?

Yes, engineer Peng!

I devoted myself to welding.

I gave away my youth

to Ilshin Electronics, you know?


-Are you okay?

-Let go!


-Let go.

-I'll go down with a welder.


I devoted my life for Ilshin Electronics.

-Hey, let go.

-Kids are dying of starvation.

-Let go of me and talk.

-What if I let you go?

It's not going to work.


Look at him.

I was fired by the kid's father.

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