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

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  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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So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim ...
Preacher
Dae-yeon Lee ...
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Yi-jeong Park (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Su-gyeong Lim ...
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Il-woo Nam ...
Detective Choi
Dal-su Oh ...
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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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Lee Geum-Ja, have mercy on us... 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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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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The snow at the ending is not real. They brought two trucks of salt, scattered it all over the street and finally adjusted the scene using computer graphics. 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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Remade as Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2018) See more »

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Concerto for Bassoon in E minor, RV 484. 3rd Movement 'Allegro'
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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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