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    Reader comments on Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance

    Subject: Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work
    Date: Feb 16, 2005
    Sender: UezzePrevious | Next

    MR. VENGEANCE does not relate to one specific person as in OLDBOY, MR. REVENGE is kinda just the same as MR. JEALOUSY, MR. ENVY, all the three being faces of every normal human being. There is something of a Mr. Vengeance in all of us, and this side is responding in a 100 % emotional way. After having watched this movie I was a little dazzled. What had I just seen? Who again was exactly the protagonist...? Western (american) movies tend to divide the actors into 'good' and 'bad' people. Bad people kill good people, so other good people kill the bad people. Now the rest of the world is aware that every culprit understands himself to be the victim which is the very reason of the act of killing. There's always one big bunch of a background informations on every "bad action", there's despair, a tragedy, infinite unfairness, whatever. SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE is one big, artistic, visionary pain. Which is 1.) because of the nature of some (pretty few) violent, unpleasant scenes and 2.) the fact that everyone in this movie is unerstandably being affected by the need of vengeance, the viewer can sympathize with EVERY character's motivation to take revenge. Everyone in this movie is being sucked into one bad downward spiral where the insidious act of revenge promises to bring relief to everyone. But once revenge is done everyone comes to relize there had not been any kind of relief - it's the opposite, leading to one vicious circle where violence leads to pain leads to vengeance leads to vengeance leads to vengeance... one brilliantly painfully sobbering realization that missfortune very often can be nothing else but very bad coincidence for which there is not one single humand being to be blamed for in person. But then, there's is the perfidious foresight for relief throught violence in all of us. Being called MR. VENGEANCE.

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    Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work

    I loved it because it is so "Korean." It resembles all the tragic events that happens in Korea for last couple of decades. Crimes such as murder, kidnapping, stealing, raping, etc you name it, it's all there. It reflects on true events and show how cruel the world is. Also this movie would not please the Western audience because of its lack of character development with no beginning or end of the story, but that's so "Asia." It makes the movie more ambiguous. If you read a lot of "Asian" literature or novels, you will have no problem with this movie, but not for Western audience.

    I loved this movie from beginning to the end. It is truly a MASTERPIECE!!!

    Comment index:

  • A Sad And Gruesome Art Work   from Dawn, Jan 14, 2004
  • Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work   from Andy, Apr 30, 2004
  • » Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work «   from Uezze, Feb 16, 2005
  • Old Boy   from Jonas, Mar 5, 2004
  • Re: Old Boy   from mikeC, Aug 17, 2006
  • A Sad And Gruesome Art Work   from Dawn, Jan 14, 2004
  • Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work   from Andy, Apr 30, 2004
  • » Re: A Sad And Gruesome Art Work «   from Uezze, Feb 16, 2005
  • Old Boy   from Jonas, Mar 5, 2004
  • Re: Old Boy   from mikeC, Aug 17, 2006