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Release Date:
29 July 2005 (South Korea) See more »
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Tagline:
Lee Geum-Ja, have mercy on us... See more »
Plot:
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... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Awards:
11 wins & 10 nominations See more »
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Yeong-ae Lee ... Geum-ja Lee

Min-sik Choi ... Mr. Baek
Shi-hoo Kim ... Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon ... Jenny
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Barry ... StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner ... StepMother, Australian
Su-hee Go ... Ma-nyeo

Hye-jeong Kang ... Tv announcer
Bu-seon Kim ... 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
Kwang-rok Oh ... Se-hyun's Father
Mi-ran Ra ... Oh, Su-hee
Seung-wan Ryoo ... A passerby
Yeong-ju Seo ... Kim, Yang-hee
Ha-kyun Shin ... A hired assassin 2

Kang-ho Song ... A hired assassin 1

Jin-seo Yoon ... A prisoner

Ji-tae Yu ... A grown-up Won-mo

Directed by
Chan-wook Park 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Seo-Gyeong Jeong 
Chan-wook Park 

Produced by
J.J. Harris .... producer
Yeong-wook Jo .... producer
Beth Kono .... producer
Chun-yeong Lee .... producer
June Lee .... associate producer
Miky Lee .... executive producer
Tae-hun Lee .... producer
 
Original Music by
Seung-hyun Choi 
 
Cinematography by
Chung-hoon Chung 
 
Film Editing by
Jae-beom Kim 
Sang-beom Kim 
 
Casting by
Ju-yeol Lee 
 
Production Design by
Hwa-seong Jo 
 
Art Direction by
Hyeon-Seok Choi 
Ji-hyeong Han 
Synderella Peng 
 
Set Decoration by
In-ho Oh 
 
Costume Design by
Sang-gyeong Jo 
 
Makeup Department
Hee Eun Lee .... special makeup effects artist
Jong-hee Song .... makeup department head
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Min-woo Seok .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Chang-seop Kim .... sound
Seok-weon Kim .... sound
Seung-cheol Lee .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Gwang-su Kim .... special effects
Tae-eui Kim .... special effects
Yeong-il Yu .... special effects
 
Visual Effects by
Sung-jin Jung .... visual effects supervisor
Jeon-hyeong Lee .... visual effects supervisor
Ju-won Lee .... digital compositor
Il Hwan Na .... visual effects artist
Zachary Quinn Scheuren .... main title editor: yU+co
 
Editorial Department
Soojin Chung .... production editor
Yong-gi Lee .... colorist
 
Music Department
Yeong-wook Jo .... music director
 
Other crew
June Lee .... title producer
Synderella Peng .... title designer
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Garson Yu .... title designer
Roland Yu .... title designer
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Chinjeolhan geumjassi" - South Korea (original title)
"My Lady Vengeance" - Hong Kong (English title) (DVD box title)
"Shed Tears for Lady Vengeance" - Philippines (English title) (DVD title)
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MPAA:
Rated R for strong violent content - some involving children, and some sexuality
Runtime:
112 min | Argentina:112 min (Mar del Plata Film Festival)
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2.35 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
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.See more »
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Soundtrack:
Concerto No.2 in G minor, RV 578. 1st Movement 'Adagio e spiccato'See more »

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90 out of 116 people found the following review useful.
Brilliant., 31 December 2005
Author: UberNoodle from Japan

Just got the Korean 2 DVD set and watched the B/W version first. All I can say is that, this film is a masterpiece! I was very moved and if you do one more thing in your life before you die, see this film!

Of course, I use the term "masterpiece" in its true sense, as the work which reveals an artist's achievement of "mastery" over his or her craft. Don't be confused with the latter conotation that a masterpiece is a "perfect" work. Could there ever be such a thing? Truly, this film shows the original sense of the word, such that I would be nervous seeing any subsequent films from him.

There are two versions of the film. I checked the colour version, and besides the opening credits being slightly different, and the much talked about retaining of colour throughout, it appears to be exactly the same.

I am sure your are all familiar with the premise, but I think that the less you know, the better. At it's basic level, this film follows in the classic "quest for revenge" schema. A beautiful woman is condemned to 13 and a half years of incarceration for the kidnapping and murder of a young boy. By this theme, the film connects to the previous entries in the now Vengeance "Trilogy", but it is in no way a rerun.

Just like the other two films, (Sympathy for) Lady Vengeance is gorgeous. The design in the film is extraordinary, and there are so many frames that are simply beautiful. The use of colour and light is inspirational in some parts, and I really can't think of watching any version but the "fading" one. Maybe it's because I saw that version first, but I didn't find the colour version as deeply affecting.

I think that which is better will be a personal decision for all who see this film. There are a some points where the fading version is very effective with what becomes subdued spots of colour. Yet, the characters in the film are also colourful, and fleshed out enough so that the viewer gets to know them, but not enough that they know them completely.

The past is something hidden for these characters, in many ways that is a thematic point of the film. The film is truly about redemption, and as we follow the moving drama within we may even come to understand something within ourselves. It is truly a fitting end to this three film exploration into hate remorse and revenge.

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