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Lady Vengeance (2005)

Chinjeolhan geumjassi (original title)
After being wrongfully imprisoned for thirteen years and having her child taken away from her, a woman seeks revenge through increasingly brutal means.

Director:

Chan-wook Park (as Park Chan Wook)

Writers:

Seo-kyeong Jeong (as Seo-gyeong Jeong), Chan-wook Park | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Yeong-ae Lee ... Geum-ja Lee
Min-sik Choi ... Mr. Baek
Shi-hoo Kim Shi-hoo Kim ... Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon Yea-young Kwon ... Jenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tony Barry ... StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner Anne Cordiner ... StepMother, Australian
Su-hee Go Su-hee Go ... Ma-nyeo
Hye-jeong Kang ... Tv announcer
Bu-seon Kim ... So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim ... Preacher
Byung-Joon Lee Byung-Joon Lee ... Dong-Hwa
Dae-yeon Lee Dae-yeon Lee ... Prison head
Seung-shin Lee ... Yi-jeong Park (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Su-gyeong Lim Su-gyeong Lim ... A prison officer
Il-woo Nam Il-woo Nam ... Detective Choi
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Storyline

Wrongfully accused of child abduction and murder, the angelic-faced single mother, Lee Geum-ja, is released from prison after thirteen long years. Hell-bent on taking her sweet revenge on the man behind the hideous crime, Lee hatches an infallible plan of retribution with the help of her cellmates; however, planning is easier than doing. Now--as Lee Geum-ja struggles to make amends with the daughter she was forced to give up--at the same time, she finds herself torn between her insatiable thirst for vengeance and the desperate need for atonement. Can she have both? Written by Nick Riganas

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Taglines:

And if you wrong us, shall we not revenge? See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Vengeance See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,850, 30 April 2006

Gross USA:

$211,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,834,149
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The bakery that Geumja works in is called "Naruse", which is the name of the Japanese director Mikio Naruse. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] See more »

Quotes

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

There are two different versions of the film. One is full color. The other, called "Fade to Black Version", shifts from color to B&W over the course of the movie. Like Sin City, there are color highlighted, even in the B&W scenes. The second version is what the director intended, but he was not able to complete it properly until the Korean DVD (which includes both versions). See more »

Connections

Follows Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto for strings in A major, RV 159. 1st Movement 'Allegro'
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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The Angel of Death and Revenge
10 October 2007 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee (Yeong-ae 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 (Min-sik Choi). With the support of former inmates from prison, Geum-ja seeks an unattained redemption with her vengeance.

"Lady Vengeance" is a very dark tale of vengeance and search for redemption. The screenplay is confused in some moments, using symbols and metaphors, but the story is engaging blending black humor and unpleasant and bold scenes of torture and death of children with a harsh revenge. Yeong-ae Lee has a magnificently performance in the role of Geum-ja along almost fourteen years of her life. I am a big fan of Chan-wook Park, and I regret that in Brazil the first movie of his trilogy about vengeance ("Boksuneun Naui Geot" a.k.a. "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance") has not been released yet. My vote is eight.

Title (Brazil): "Lady Vingança" ("Lady Vengeance")


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