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.
3. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (2005)