7.6/10
66,747
144 user 212 critic

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 »
Reviews
Popularity
3,430 ( 523)
12 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A recently laid off factory worker kidnaps his former boss' friend's daughter, hoping to use the ransom money to pay for his sister's kidney transplant.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ha-kyun Shin, Doona Bae
Thirst (2009)
Drama | Fantasy | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Through a failed medical experiment, a priest is stricken with vampirism and is forced to abandon his ascetic ways.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Ok-bin Kim, Hee-jin Choi
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A secret agent exacts revenge on a serial killer through a series of captures and releases.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-sik Choi, In-seo Kim
Oldboy (2003)
Action | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

After being kidnapped and imprisoned for fifteen years, Oh Dae-Su is released, only to find that he must find his captor in five days.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Min-sik Choi, Ji-Tae Yoo, Hye-jeong Kang
The Chaser (2008)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A disgraced ex-policeman who runs a small ring of prostitutes finds himself in a race against time when one of his women goes missing.

Director: Hong-jin Na
Stars: Yoon-seok Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Yeong-hie Seo
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

After a shooting incident at the North/South Korean border/DMZ leaves 2 North Korean soldiers dead, a neutral Swiss/Swedish team investigates, what actually happened.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Things go wrong for a high ranking mobster when he doesn't proceed by his boss's orders.

Director: Jee-woon Kim
Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Min-a Shin, Yeong-cheol Kim
Drama | Romance | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

In a small Korean province in 1986, two detectives struggle with the case of multiple young women being found raped and murdered by an unknown culprit.

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sang-kyung Kim, Roe-ha Kim
Action | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A quiet pawnshop keeper with a violent past takes on a drug-and-organ trafficking ring in hope of saving the child who is his only friend.

Director: Jeong-beom Lee
Stars: Won Bin, Sae-ron Kim, Tae-hoon Kim
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A girl who thinks she is a combat cyborg checks into a mental hospital, where she encounters other psychotics. Eventually, she falls for a man who thinks he can steal people's souls.

Director: Chan-wook Park
Stars: Soo-jung Lim, Rain, Seong-hun Cheon
The Host (2006)
Action | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

Director: Bong Joon Ho
Stars: Kang-ho Song, Hee-Bong Byun, Hae-il Park
Edit

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
Edit

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:

Coming For You 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:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

South Korea

Language:

Korean | English | Japanese

Release Date:

29 July 2005 (South Korea) See more »

Also Known As:

Lady Vengeance See more »

Edit

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
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

|

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

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.
See more »

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

References Wild at Heart (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Ah ch'infelische sempre
from "Cantate 'Cessate, omai cessate', RV 684"
Composed by Antonio Vivaldi
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Lee Young-Ae shines as Lady Vengeance
19 October 2005 | by geri-tanSee all my reviews

Having only just finished watching a marathon screening of Jewel In The Palace, also another Lee Young-Ae vehicle, a few weeks ago in the comfort of my home, I was pleasantly surprised at how flexible this actress could be in her acting skills.

Perhaps it is her plain-faced mien that has not seen the plastic surgeon's knife or the ease with which she looks innocent and then sensual and then psychotic all at once in this film that helped her to put on this character like a pair of pantyhose- sensual, warm, transparent yet opaque.

The twists and themes in the show were also very different and very unexpected. When you think the film is going to come to a close, it walks away from the curtains to take you into an even higher level of movie-going experience.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance boasts of excellent scriptwriting with dark humor lightening up the otherwise even darker theme of vengeance. The acting from the various cast members were commendable as well as the DP-ing and various subtle yet very effective special effects in the film. The directing was also superb as was the cinematography.

I left the cinema feeling like I had watched my $8 worth and then some. I dun wanna spoil anything by giving away the storyline/ general plot or the very intriguing twists etc. I just hope you will give this film a chance to charm you like only dark chocolate can. When you're done, it will feel like you've just eaten a nice comfy bowl of Ben & Jerry's Chunky Monkey ice cream. Yummy, Delicious and happy.


36 of 64 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 144 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed