2002 / 129 min. / R
Director: Park Chan-Wook
Cast: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae

Eastern Promises: SYMPATHY FOR MR. VENGEANCE

Doors 7:30pm

Show 8:00pm

“What to say about “Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance”? It’s a genuinely scurrilous inferno of a movie that gorily goes tit-for-tat, matching atrocity to atrocity, playing out the old adage “an eye for an eye only leaves the whole world blind” for two hours teeming with carnage until all of the participants have all been messily crossed out. And it burns brightly for its stay on the screen, with a few hunks of political subtext thrown on to help to make the thing crackle. Park’s movie is a clean and steady massacre, brazenly nihilistic, full of sicko invention, and with a few pieces of indelible nastiness that fairly jut out in the mind after the credits roll; most tenacious is an unemployed worker who accosts his ex-boss, then carves a weaving wound into his own belly with a box-cutter.”

– Nick Pinkerton, IndieWire

This month Eastern Promises is honoured to screen Park Chan Wook’s Vengeance trilogy. We are more than pleased to start off with the lesser known, but arguably better film, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, a.k.a., Vengeance is Mine (in Korea)

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