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Lady Vengeance

A 2005 South Korean revenge drama directed by Park Chan-wook.

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Those Are The Eyes Of Revenge

  • Dec 21, 2008
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The last of the "Vengeance Trilogy" is also the last for me as well, I have finally seen all three. Lady Vengeance is definitely not the best of the three but it was still one sick flick. Let's set it off, the film starts out just a little slow and a little weird and even more weird than the other two. Lee Geum-ja who was wrongly put in prison for murder is finally getting out. While inside she basically goes from a sweet and innocent girl to a rather cold and vengeful nutcase. Though she has developed a much thicker skin over the years she still holds a bit of a soft spot but trust me when I say just a bit.

Geum-ja has nothing but time to think of all that has happened and of course it has driven her crazy. She wants to see her daughter that she has not seen since she was an infant. Most of all she wants revenge on the man that locked her away for 13 years. Not the cop that put her away but the man that basically brainwashed her into taking the case for him. Mr. Baek who was well I guess you could say Geum-ja's much older boyfriend is the spawn of her insanity. He is slowly revealed as a very sick and sadistic man and wait until you find out what he does for a living. Baek has been on Geum-ja's mind everyday since she went in. It's weird how their relationship began but trust me when I say that it ends on some pretty cold terms but nobody ever said vengeance is a warm meal, right?

Honestly I don't want to say much more about the movie cause I don't want to spoil it for anyone. Chan-wook is definitely a mastermind at making a film build to its climax. In all three of these films some could maybe figure out what's going to happen and most likely you will in this one. The thing is that the movie ending is written and executed so well that you are not disappointed at all. I loved the actors, some of them were even in one or two of the other films. Lee Young Ae who played Geum-ja was amazing playing her character. I don't know if you can find anyone else who could have played a such a cold blooded woman who still had a bit of a warm heart so well. The entire time you still felt sorry for her character but still wanted her to do whatever to get her revenge because she deserved it.

I give "Lady Vengeance" 4 stars for a couple of reasons. One reason is that I hated but loved the pacing. I say pacing but it could have been the music and overall settings that some scenes become a bit boring. That look Geum-ja had on her face got to be a little bit of a pain. Unlike the main character from Oldboy, that mystery missing from this one made the movie a little less interesting. Basically the only thing you're waiting for from the film is to see how she gets her revenge. I guess after seeing this from two others you want some new stuff.

Now the movie is still very good but it is not on the level of the other two, at least not to me. The positives are that the acting is very good and the ending is crazy good. I say that if you're a fan then definitely get it cause you have to but for you starters out there, start from the beginning. At least you will know what you're dealing with instead of just being thrown into the crazy mind of Park Chan-wook.

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Quick Tip by . July 05, 2011
posted in ASIANatomy
Of Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy, this is my least favorite entry. The film is full of the expected twists and turns that are common in his films, but somehow this one didn't have the dark, gritty realism of the first two installments. Part of the issue is that much of the film is overly stylized and features slightly surreal visual flares that give it a more fantastical quality making it a little hard to discern what is reality, what is memory, and what is dream. Another issue, although …
Quick Tip by . May 16, 2011
I felt like the entire first hour of this was skippable, as it was a pastiche of all kinds of genre conventions/Park trying to be Quentin Tarantino making "Kill Bill." But it gets interesting once she's caught the guy - the last 45 minutes or so are quite fascinating.
Quick Tip by . July 27, 2010
Scary and stylish. This is my favorite from the revenge trilogy.
review by . December 21, 2008
posted in ASIANatomy
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      LADY VENGEANCE (aka. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance) is the third installment in Park Chan-Wook's "vengeance" trilogy, among of which my favorite is the terrific "Oldboy" and the first film ""Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance". These three films have different plotlines and characters; the only thing that ties them together is their similar themes about suffering, revenge and redemption (or the goal for redemption). Fans of the franchise will undoubtedly …
review by . July 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Young boy, sad mistake  Thirteen years, long time to wait  Snow falls on white cake
review by . December 14, 2006
This film is really good. Park Chanwook made the perfect conclusion to a trilogy with Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. The three films work off each other beautifully, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is far from a disappointment.The acting is top-notch, with cameos from Park Chanwook's first two films intermingling with new talent. The directing is superb, not quite eclipsing Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or Oldboy but coming quite close. Park's directing style is solid and distinctive; he builds off earlier …
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