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Lady Vengeance (2005)
"Chinjeolhan geumjassi" (original title)

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After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee is released and tries to fix her life. She finds a job in a bakery; she orders the ... See full summary »

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Mr. Baek
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Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon ...
Jenny
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Ma-nyeo
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Tv announcer
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So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim ...
Preacher
Dae-yeon Lee ...
Prison head
Seung-Shin Lee ...
Yi-jeong Park
Su-gyeong Lim ...
A prison officer
Il-woo Nam ...
Detective Choi
Dal-su Oh ...
Mr. Chang
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Storyline

After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee 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. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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

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Release Date:

29 July 2005 (South Korea)  »

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Lady Vengeance  »

Box Office

Budget:

KRW 4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$9,850 (USA) (28 April 2006)

Gross:

$211,667 (USA) (29 September 2006)
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The bakery that Geumja works in is called "Naruse", which is the name of the Japanese director Mikio Naruse. 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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Follows Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) See more »

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Caprice No.24 in A minor
Composed by Niccolò Paganini (as Nicolò Paganini)
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More than just an 'Old Girl'
10 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Chan-Wook Park was already the Master of Dysfunction after Old Boy, now he can add the title of King of Pain (thanks Sting) to his CV.

The depth of feeling in the second half of this film is staggering, and comes in stark contrast to the startling apathy of the first half. The masterful cinematography is something we have come to expect but the director's ability to compose the most evocative of tableaux never ceases to amaze- the final shot of the movie being a case in point.

As the above reviewer says, one must be cryptic in commenting on this film but it must be said that its final act really transforms it from a beautifully crafted work into a masterpiece.

This is a film which shocks without ever descending into gratuity, while frequently forcing a guilty laugh with its darker-than-black's-shadow humour.


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