Boksuneun Naui Geot (2002, KOR) C-121m. ** D: Park Chan-Wook. Starring Song Kang-ho, Shin Ha-kyun, Bae Du-na, Lim Ji-Eun, Han Bo-bae. Kim Se-dong. First part of the director's revenge trilogy is about a deaf-mute man and his dying sister, who is in desperate need of an organ transplant. When all attempts to get her an operation fail, they kidnap the daughter of the brother's employer, the owner of a large company. Then things get out of hand. Low-key, quiet, deliberately paced drama has many striking images, but overall effect is depressing. Followed by OLDBOY (2003). English title: SYMPATHY FOR MR VENGEANCE.

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