The Vengeance Trilogy
|The Vengeance Trilogy|
The Vengeance Trilogy: 6-Disc Set
|Directed by||Park Chan-wook|
|Based on||Old Boy (2)
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The Vengeance Trilogy (Korean: 복수 삼부작) is a series of three films, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. Each deals with the themes of revenge, violence and salvation. The films are not narratively connected and are not a formal trilogy. They were dubbed a trilogy by international critics because of their thematic links.
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
The first installment in Park's trilogy was the 2002 film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, a bleak and violent tale of revenge gone wrong. It tells the story of a deaf-mute man who kidnaps a young girl to pay for his sister's much-needed kidney transplant. When the young girl accidentally dies, her bereaved father goes on a search for answers and vengeance. The film did relatively poor at the box office in South Korea finishing 30th in ticket rank. It covered less than half its production costs in both domestic and foreign box office gates. However, it was named the best film of 2002 by Texas internet blogger Harry Knowles., where in the U.S. it garnered gross revenues of $45,243.
Park's next film in the trilogy was the hugely successful 2003 film, Oldboy. It told the story of a man who is imprisoned for fifteen years and then released with no explanation as to why he was confined and released. Now, he has been given five days to learn his captor's true identity and find out why he was imprisoned, or his new love interest will be killed. The film was very well received at film festivals and at the box office in South Korea. It won the Grand Prix award at the 2004 Cannes Film Festival and received great reviews from critics. The film has gained a cult following in the years following its release and is considered a modern classic.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
The third and final installment in the trilogy was the 2005 film, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (or Lady Vengeance). The film tells the tale of an innocent young woman released from prison after doing time for a child-killer still at large. Once freed, she seeks out her long-lost daughter and unveils her plan for revenge against the ghastly man for whom she served time. This film was also well received by critics and South Korean audiences alike. It grossed $7,382,034 in its opening week and competed for the Golden Lion at the 62nd Venice International Film Festival in September 2005.
Use of same actors
Numerous actors and actresses feature throughout the trilogy, sometimes only as cameos.
- Oh Kwang-rok is the only actor to make an appearance in all three films.
- Song Kang-ho as Park Dong-jin in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Hired assassin 1 in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Shin Ha-kyun as Ryu in Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, Hired assassin 2 in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Choi Min-sik as Oh Dae-su in Oldboy, Mr. Baek in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Yoo Ji-tae as Lee Woo-jin in Oldboy, older Won-mo in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Kang Hye-jung as Mi-do in Oldboy, TV announcer in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Oh Dal-su as Park Cheol-woong in Oldboy, Mr. Chang in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Kim Byeong-ok as Mr. Han in Oldboy, the preacher in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance.
- Park Chan-Wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy” at the Dryden Theatre.
- Film Review: The Vengeance Trilogy by film critic Richard Peña at Cine21 (Korean)
- Harry's Top Ten Films Of 2002 - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news[dead link]
- http://boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=sympathyformrvengeance.htm Box Office Mojo
- allmovie ( Oldboy - Overview )
- Movie Review: The Vengeance Trilogy at Eye for Film
- Movie Review: The Vengeance Trilogy at OneKnightStands.net
- Movie Review: The Vengeance Trilogy at Culturazzi
- Movie Review: The Vengeance Trilogy at Neoimages (Korean)
- Cartoon about The Vengeance Trilogy at Maxmovie.com (Korean)