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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

Cast overview, first billed only:
Nam-mi Kang Nam-mi Kang ... Choir Member 1
Jeong-nam Choi Jeong-nam Choi ... Choir Member 2
Hye-Sook Go Hye-Sook Go ... Choir Member 3
Bok-hwa Baek Bok-hwa Baek ... Choir Member 4
Cheol Hong Cheol Hong ... Choir Member 5
Ho-soo Joo Ho-soo Joo ... Choir Member 6 (as Joo Seong-wan)
In-bo Jang In-bo Jang ... Choir Member 7 (as Jang Min)
Kim Byeong-Ok ... Preacher
Lee Yeong-ae ... Geum-ja Lee
Seong-Yoon Choi Seong-Yoon Choi ... Won-mo's Friend
Il-woo Nam Il-woo Nam ... Detective Choi
Soon-bae Cha Soon-bae Cha ... Reporter
Ik-tae Kim Ik-tae Kim ... Won-mo's Father
Yeong-mi Lee Yeong-mi Lee ... Won-mo's Mother
Jin-gu Kim Jin-gu Kim ... Sun-sook Go
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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:

All she wanted was a peaceful life...they didn't give it 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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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 Oldboy (2003), the previous parts of the Vengeance Trilogy. See more »

Goofs

[All goofs for this title are spoilers.] 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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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

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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Brilliant.
31 December 2005 | by UberNoodleSee all my reviews

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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Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Seoul, South Korea

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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

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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