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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), Park Myeong-Chan (comic) | 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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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 »

Parents Guide:

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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:

$23,809,504
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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 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 »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Geum-ja Lee: Be White. Live White. Like this.
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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

Referenced in To kokkino domatio: I ekdikisi mias kyrias (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Concerto No.2 in G minor, RV 578. 1st Movement 'Adagio e spiccato'
from "L'Estro armonico"
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
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More than just an 'Old Girl'
10 February 2006 | by ad_eptSee 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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