Still my preferred Chan Wook Park movie, Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance is one of the most brilliant emotional gymnasiums I have ever come across. I promise you, this film will swing your sympathies around and around until you don’t know where you stand.
I’m not sure what a remake will add, though I’m certainly curious to find out. As such, I’ll be watching progress on the official, English language do-over closely.
According to The Wrap the next piece of that puzzle – and a very big piece too – has just slotted into place with Hany Abu-Assad coming on board as director. You may have seen his film Paradise Now, which blended moral inquiry and, if you’re being strict, thriller mechanics in just the same way as Sympathy does.
He’s definitely an interesting pick, in so much as I didn’t see this coming at all and I doubt that many others did.
The script for the new version has been written by Brian Tucker whose only previously shot and released screenplay was for Broken City. Again, he’s not the most predictable choice, yet somehow seems less intriguing a pick than Abu-Assad. Really, though, that’s me reacting to Paradise Now and Broken City.
Here’s an unfortunately windowboxed trailer for the original, a film I can’t recommend strongly enough.
Spike Lee’s do-over of Oldboy will be along in just a few weeks while Charlize Theron is attached to star in a remake of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance. I doubt very much that either will replace the originals in my affections.