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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 cruel and brutal means.

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(as Park Chan Wook)

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(as Seo-gyeong Jeong), | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Credited cast:
... Geum-ja Lee
... Mr. Baek
Shi-hoo Kim ... Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon ... Jenny
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner ... StepMother, Australian
Su-hee Go ... Ma-nyeo
... Tv announcer
... So-young Woo
... Preacher
Dae-yeon Lee ... Prison head
... Yi-jeong Park (as Seung-Shin Lee)
Su-gyeong Lim ... A prison officer
Il-woo Nam ... Detective Choi
... Mr. Chang
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Storyline

After a thirteen-year imprisonment for the kidnap and murder of a six-year-old boy, Guem-Ja Lee seeks vengeance on the man truly 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. Written by Spekkie Big

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All she wanted was a peaceful life...they didn't give it See more »

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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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Release Date:

29 July 2005 (South Korea)  »

Also Known As:

Lady Vengeance  »

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Box Office

Budget:

KRW 4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$9,850, 30 April 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$211,667, 1 October 2006
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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 »

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

Quotes

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

References Wild at Heart (1990) 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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Unexpected poetry and bleak hilarity
2 October 2005 | by See all my reviews

"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" is a surprisingly poetic finale to Park's excellent Revenge Trilogy. The film fuses the relatively low-key style of "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" with the jet-black humor of "Oldboy," while adding welcome moments of poignancy and sentiment. The film is nowhere near as violent as its predecessors, although a good deal of mayhem takes place offscreen.

Yeong-ae Lee is outstanding as the troubled protagonist Geum-ja, the ex-convict who is seeking redemption as much as revenge. Although the supporting actors -- including several from Park's earlier films -- are uniformly fine, Lee's performance is the heart of the film.

"Lady Vengeance" is difficult to describe without revealing major plot points, as the most memorable scenes come at revelatory moments in the story. Suffice it to say that the climax blends tragedy and hilarity with a degree of success that few directors could hope to match.

9/10. Bravo.


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