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Sympathy for 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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Mr. Baek
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Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon ...
Jenny
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So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim ...
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Dae-yeon Lee ...
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Seung-shin Lee ...
Yi-jeong Park (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Su-gyeong Lim ...
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Il-woo Nam ...
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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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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)  »

Also Known As:

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance  »

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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Trivia

Several actors on this film, specially the ones portraying the relatives of the dead children, also appeared on Boksuneun naui geot (2002) and/or Oldeuboi (2003), the previous parts of the Vengeance Trilogy. See more »

Quotes

Mr. Baek: Ma'am, there is no such thing as a "perfect person"...
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Connections

Spoofs Murder on the Orient Express (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto No.3 in G major, RV 310. 2nd Movement 'Largo'
from "L'Estro armonico"
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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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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