Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, Poverty, Anarchism, And Becoming What You Already Are
So who is deserving of our sympathy? There is a set of three sequences that position the camera in first person-ish perspective and have hand's jutting out in front of or towards a character. The first is when Ryu is fired. After Ryu signs the 'you are fired' documents, the guy who fired him lifts his hand in order to shake Ruy's hand. The camera freezes on this moment where there is a hand is presented to Ryu and he is considering his options. The second scene is when Ryu is seeking to trade a necklace for the hostage's doll. The little girl (hostage) holds the doll and a necklace in her hands pondering between the two. The third scene is after the father has killed Ryu and has been stabled by the anarchist group. He looks down at his hands. One hand has a scar across the palm from when he tried to disarm a hostile employ with the knife earlier in the film and the other palm is newly cut and bleeding.
Conforming your sense of self, of the choices already made and accepting that the path chosen was the one that confirmed who the father already was. The middle choice between the doll and the necklace presents a more difficult puzzle, yet also affirms clearly what was missing from the subjectivity of Ryu and the father. The hostage, the little girl, who was yanked from her normal life and pulled into a plot. The choice between the doll and the necklace is a clear choice between what she likes better. But we as the viewer, of course, know that the choice is more than what it appears to be on the surface. The hostage's choice was structured, by Ryu. Ryu was presenting her with a selection of choices that restricted her freedom to two narrow options. Like the hostage, Ryu and the father was not fully aware of the ramifications of their choices, or rather they were not included in the structure which structured their choice of opportunities; poverty and anarchism.