The Vengeance Trinity

    The Vengence Trinity
  • This is a photobook of The Vengeance Trilogy: a series of three films, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002), Oldboy (2003), and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005), directed by South Korean filmmaker Park Chan-wook. The films are not narratively connected and were dubbed a trilogy by international critics because of their thematic links.
    "I grew up in a very Catholic family. Up until puberty, I would go to a Catholic church every week. That is where I started to take an interest in religion, although currently I have no faith. But I had been made aware of a sense of guilt that is unique to Catholics." (Park Chan-wook, 2009)
    The left page indicates the timeline of its current scene, and right page has a verse from bible that is related with vengence. I felt it'll be interesting to mix and match bible verses with his movies, especially because he often dissolves Christian references in his works.
  • 1. Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
  • Mr.Vengence - 03:56 The protagonist Ryu finds out that he can’t provide a transplant for his sister’s kidney surgery, and falls into despair.
  • Mr.Vengence - 44:13 Ryu's sister realizes what he has done for her, and commits suicide.
  • Mr.Vengence - 86:24 (1:26:24) After his sister's death, Ryu only lives for vengence, locating and murdering the organ dealers.
  • As the first example shows, all the protagonists in The Vengence Triology were once rather good people, but only live for their revenge after going through a certain event. Unlike bible, in these movies the world provides neither a clear guideline nor teaching, which leaves protagonists as mixtures of good and evil; they're also similar with Park Chan-wook - the movie director - himself, who later lost his faith. His dark yet beautiful images merge, or collide with bible verses, approaching these movies in different perspective.
  • 2. Oldboy (2003)
  • 3. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)