Korean Film Festival: Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (복수는 나의 것)

  • March 15, 2013 · 6:30 PM
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Film scholar Kyu Hyun Kim calls Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance “one of the most frightening and disturbing films ever made in Korea.” The first film in Park Chan-wook’s “Vengeance Trilogy,” it tells the story of a hearing-impaired factory worker who turns to an illegal organ-trafficking ring to get a new kidney for his dying sister. Cheated gruesomely by the ring—they harvest his kidney without providing one in return—he kidnaps his former boss’ daughter and ransoms her for money to buy a legitimate transplant. When the kidnapping goes horribly wrong, both men set off on bloody-minded missions of revenge. The film’s gorier moments stunned early audiences, but the shocks it provides are more profound than those found in conventional horror movies. As The Onion AV Club film critic Tasha Robinson puts it, Park is “the kind of filmmaker who can meaningfully craft the gory details of an eye-gouging without ever forgetting the message that an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Intended for mature audiences. (Dir.: Park Chan-wook, Korea, 2002, 129 min., Korean with English subtitles)

Genre: Horror Thriller
Cost: Free
Time: 7pm
Location: Independence & 12th
Metro: Smithsonian Station, Independence Ave Exit

Notes: Seating is first come, first serve so please arrive early so that we can sit together.

All Showings: only showing

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  • Natasha

    Moved to waiting in the line.

    March 15, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry, can't make it but hope to see everyone on Sunday.

    March 15, 2013

  • Natasha

    Email sent, meeting in the lobby in front of the Auditorium, look for me holding a sign :-)

    March 15, 2013

  • Paul

    Don't think I'll make it... saw it years ago but not in a theater.

    March 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    “one of the most frightening and disturbing films ever made in Korea.... I don't think THIS one is for me then ;)

    March 9, 2013

  • Daniel M.


    February 23, 2013

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