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Lady Vengeance (2005)

Chinjeolhan geumjassi (original title)
After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow ... See full summary »

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(as Park Chan Wook)

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(as Seo-gyeong Jeong),
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Mr. Baek
Shi-hoo Kim ...
Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon ...
Jenny
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StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner ...
StepMother, Australian
Su-hee Go ...
Ma-nyeo
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Tv announcer
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So-young Woo
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Preacher
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Prison head
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Yi-jeong Park (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Su-gyeong Lim ...
A prison officer
Il-woo Nam ...
Detective Choi
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Mr. Chang

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After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly responsible for the boy's death. With the help of fellow inmates and reunited with her daughter, she gets closer and closer to her goal. Written by Spekkie Big

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All she wanted was a peaceful life...they didn't give it See more »

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Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong violent content - some involving children, and some sexuality | See all certifications »

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29 July 2005 (South Korea)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$138,663 (Hong Kong) (14 October 2005)

Gross:

$211,667 (USA) (29 September 2006)
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2.35 : 1
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Having wanted to make a film on a middle aged woman's revenge, the director originally considered casting Du-shim Ko for the part of Geum-ja. However, he had to abandon his plan for a couple of reasons. He found that Ms. Ko was rather old for the character and was afraid that the movie would look quite similar to John Cassavetes' Gloria (1980). See more »

Quotes

Geum-ja Lee: Listen carefully. Everyone make mistakes. But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin. Atonement, do you know what that means? Big Atonement for big sins. Small Atonement for small sins.
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Referenced in To kokkino domatio: I ekdikisi mias kyrias (2006) See more »

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Concerto for strings in A major, RV 159. 1st Movement 'Allegro'
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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Unexpected poetry and bleak hilarity
2 October 2005 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" is a surprisingly poetic finale to Park's excellent Revenge Trilogy. The film fuses the relatively low-key style of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" with the jet-black humor of "Oldboy," while adding welcome moments of poignancy and sentiment. The film is nowhere near as violent as its predecessors, although a good deal of mayhem takes place offscreen.

Yeong-ae Lee is outstanding as the troubled protagonist Geum-ja, the ex-convict who is seeking redemption as much as revenge. Although the supporting actors -- including several from Park's earlier films -- are uniformly fine, Lee's performance is the heart of the film.

"Lady Vengeance" is difficult to describe without revealing major plot points, as the most memorable scenes come at revelatory moments in the story. Suffice it to say that the climax blends tragedy and hilarity with a degree of success that few directors could hope to match.

9/10. Bravo.


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