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South Korean director Park Chan-wook's trilogy consisting of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance", "Oldboy", and "Lady Vengeance".

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A Quick Tip by Count_Orlok_22

  • Jul 5, 2011
Having now seen all three films in Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy, I can really appreciate what a great director he is and what a talent he has for creating high-tension dramas revolving around the themes of violence, revenge, madness, and occasionally redemption. The films are all very well acted and directed with a visual poetry and precision that seems to be Park's signature style. The three films themselves aren't true sequels since the characters and events portrayed in each film are disparate with the exception of the through-theme of vengeance, kidnappings, imprisonment, and brutal violence.

In Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) a young man and his girlfriend kidnap a little girl so that they can hold her for ransom in order to afford the young man's sister's kidney transplant, but things go horribly wrong triggering a downward spiral into violence that may never end.

In Oldboy (2003) a man who has been locked away in isolation for fifteen years is by mysterious captors is released and goes on a violent revenge spree which leads him to a shocking revelation when he discovers the identity and motives of his twisted tormentor and kidnapper.

In Lady Vengeance (2005) after being falsely imprisoned thirteen years for the murder of a little boy, a beautiful woman goes to extreme measures to realize her elaborate plan for retribution, to avenge the murders of six children, and to reunite her with her own long-lost daugther who she has not seen since going to prison.

The films are individually very impressive as examples of Asian melodrama infused with both visual poetry and gritty realism, but together as a trilogy they don't seem to stand side by side with the kind of symmetry a trilogy should possess. Each film boasts an variety of interesting action scenes, dramatic confrontations, and humorous encounters, but what makes each film unique are the fully developed characters who all share a bond of violence and madness. These characters are brought to life by amazing actors who really settle into the minds, bodies, and souls of their characters and inhabit the dark corners of their psyches.

For me, the first two films are stronger both in terms of direction and narrative storytelling, but all of them are worth a viewing and will exhilarate action junkies and enlighten foreign film fans together.
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review by . March 23, 2010
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The BOOK OF VENGEANCE According to Korean Director Park Chan-Wook...
"Living without hate for people is almost impossible. There is NOTHING wrong with fantasizing  about revenge. You can have that feeling; YOU  just  shouldn't ACT ON IT..."  -Park Chan-Wook      Park Chan-Wook…the man has become a household name in Asia after his breakout hit “J.S.A.: Joint Security Area” and the highly acclaimed “Vengeance Trilogy” that caused Western audiences to take notice …
Quick Tip by . November 08, 2011
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One of the best and possibly the greatest film trilogies to ever hail from South Korea. Park Chan-Wook intrigues, excites, scares and perhaps even define the very evils of revenge with such beautiful and visceral impact that challenges the limits of filmmaking.            Think the Bride (from Kill Bill) did the best revenge? Give this one a look.   Simply incredible and off the hook!!      Read Full Review here.
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The Vengeance Trilogy is composed of three films, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), directed by South Korean film director Park Chan-wook, which dealt with the themes of "revenge, suffering, violence and salvation". Originally these three films weren't the official series, but as spiritual successors, two films (Oldboy & Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) followed the film Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.[1][2]
In United Kingdom, Tartan Films released the box set of the three films on DVD. In United States, Vivendi Entertainment released the same thing.

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Director: Park Chan-wook
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Foreign, Thriller
Release Date: March 29, 2002; Novermber 21, 2003; July 29, 2005
MPAA Rating: R
DVD Release Date: March 16, 2010
Runtime: 361 minutes
Studio: CJ Entertainment, Tartan Video, Vivendi Entertainment, Show East
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