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After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won Mo, Lee Geum Ja is released and tries to fix her life. She finds a job in a bakery; she orders the manufacturing of a special weapon; she reunites with her daughter, who was adopted by an Australian family; and she plots revenge against the real killer of Won Mo, the English teacher Mr. Baek. With the support of former inmates from prison, Geum Ja seeks an unattained redemption with her vengeance. Edit Translation

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  • Country: South Korea
  • Type: Movie
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2005
  • Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 3,245 users)
  • Ranked: #2480
  • Popularity: #2282
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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Jul 14, 2012
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Overall 10
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Acting/Cast 9.0
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Rewatch Value 10
The closing chapter in the Vengeance Trilogy.

Though it’s far less bloody than the first two, Park Chan Wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance should be held in just as high regard. It outclasses Tarantino’s Kill Bill as a revenge story with far deeper turmoil.

Filmed in an almost grotesque fairytale manner, it is about the struggle between a saintly pale faced damsel in distress and a cunning witch donned in red eye make-up and classy heels. Stranger yet, is that both characters are one and the same - Ms Geum Ja (Lee Young-Ae) who seeks vengeance for crimes committed against her.

This film has the right blend of humour, love, family elements yet maintains an incredibly intense dark tone throughout. The surreal shots, the use of music and the progression of the story are nearly flawless.

I would happily use the words 'compelling' 'heart wrenching' and 'beautiful' to describe Park Chan Wook’s Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. However, to this description you must also add 'chilling' and 'horrifically sinister' to fully appreciate the depth and complexity of this film. Lady Vengeance provides the audiences with intense off-camera violence and in this film it is the aftermath of the violence that is most effective. It’s not the violence that bothers the viewer but the situation in which it arises.

This offering by this amazing director is not for those who can only stomach physical brutality but that of the emotional type, thus making opinions surrounding this film as divisive as its predecessors. Like most pieces of art, it really depends on one’s taste. But one thing is for sure; whether you’re swayed by the deeper emotional content or the hard to ignore visual elements, there is at least one thing you’ll love about this film.

Or if not, you won’t be able to forget it for a variety of reasons.

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unterwegsimkoreanischenD
25 people found this review helpful
Sep 7, 2022
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Overall 9.5
Story 9.0
Acting/Cast 10
Music 10
Rewatch Value 8.5
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It´s Girl Power time! Outrageous, luminous angelic + consistently deadly, too. Pitch-black humour.

"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" or in the original "Lovely Geum-ja" is grossly funny, bitterly satirical, with a huge portion of pitch-black, bone-dry, unpredictable humor. The KMovie playfully juggles with details that seem to have sprung from a film noir and, above all, deliberately wants to irritate with the aestheticizing stylization of bloodthirsty revenge.

Geum-ja is an Angel of revenge in the most literal sense. Luminous, angelic in her kindness, yet consistently deadly when it comes to her revenge mission. This makes the KMovie a paradoxical, incomparable experience: bizarre, absurd, dark and yet pointedly funny.

It´s is Girl power time! Patriarchy is in the pillory, regarding various offenses and arrogance of most of the male characters. Geum-ja (convincing to the point: Lee Young-ae) offers the entire program of associations with the feminine in its blatant contradictions: saint, whore, witch, as well as mother, lover, friend. Guilty in naive innocence. Outrageous. Diabolical. Sovereign. Powerful. Decided. Efficient. Exhilarated. Significantly, a remix of Vivaldi's "Ah ch'infelice semper" swings the baton in the background.

Storytelling is always close to Geum-ja. Not too much, just as much as is needed, is given to the audience. A serious, deeply meaningful off-screen narrator closes the gaps. As I said, the humor is pitch-black.

By the way, the KMovie (which has also received many international awards) is the third part of a revenge trilogy by director Park Chan-wook, which includes "Oldboy", that is considered one of the most influential films of contemporary South Korean cinema.

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  • Movie: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
  • Country: South Korea
  • Release Date: Jul 29, 2005
  • Duration: 1 hr. 52 min.
  • Content Rating: 18+ Restricted (violence & profanity)

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  • Score: 8.0 (scored by 3,245 users)
  • Ranked: #2480
  • Popularity: #2282
  • Watchers: 6,421

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