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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Horror  |  29 July 2005 (South Korea)
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After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really responsible for the boy's death. With the... See full summary »


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After a 13-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy, beautiful Lee Guem-ja starts seeking revenge on the man that was really 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. But will her actions lead to the relief she seeks? 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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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


KRW 4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


$211,667 (USA) (29 September 2006)

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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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