I have talked before about my general love of the revenge movie. Man on Fire was about exacting revenge when the thing that has given you a reason to love is stripped from you. That movie was a more in your face sort of revenge film with undertones of redemption. While the idea and theme of revenge in movies is not new, since you can find it in almost any movie out there, centering a movie on the central theme of revenge is interesting to me. To craft a movie where revenge permeates every characters motives and emotions, but also to tell a story about atonement, salvation and human limits.
There is a trilogy of movies out there that embody the aspect of revenge, but each movie in the trilogy has an underlying meaning to each of their movie. Park Chan-wook, a phenomenal South Korean director, created The Vengeance Trilogy, where each movies central theme is vengeance, but each tell a different tale of vengeance. In 2002, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance broke out into Korean theaters and made Park Chan-wook an essential power in the international cinema scene. This is the first of the trilogy and while not one of the more widely known of the trilogy, this is the start of something amazing.
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