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  • Summary: Lady Vengeance is the third film from Park Chanwook's revenge trilogy following "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Oldboy". Lee Geum-Ja, at the age of 19, goes to prison for the murder and abduction of a child on behalf of her accomplice Mr. Baek, only to find out that she is betrayed. While in prison, she carefully prepares for her revenge by winning the hearts of her fellow inmates with her kindness, thus earning herself the nickname 'kind Ms. Geum-Ja.' Upon her release from prison after thirteen years, she finally sets out to seek revenge on Baek, with the help of her former prison mates. (Tartan USA) Expand
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  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 100
    It concludes Park's trilogy on a dual note of circular tragedy and fragile hope, while working equally well as an introduction to his universe of retribution and repentance or as a stand-alone thriller with a darkly feminist twist.
  2. "Old Boy's" vivid star Choi Min-sik plays a terrible schoolteacher -- yet another damned soul in Park's inflammatory, inimitable movie inventory of hell on earth.
  3. Less bloody than its predecessors, Lady Vengeance wraps up with a killer (literally) finale that calls into question the killer instinct. It's one of the reasons Park's brutal films are so emotionally rewarding.
  4. Lady Vengeance is more than half over before we discover the object of Geum-Ja's hatred: a kindergarten teacher named Mr. Baek. He's played by Choi Min-sik, the prisoner in "Old Boy," and here he's as tepid as he was heated in that film.
  5. A comedy of evil and strange redemption, Lady Vengeance makes sure that we feel the pain, that we know what it's like to unreasonably suffer, because those are the rules of its mad, wounding, vengeful world.
  6. 75
    Lady Vengeance contains violence (some extreme), but it is not an action film. It is deliberately paced, allowing the audience to have time to reflect upon what's happening. And the comedy is of the gallows variety.
  7. Reviewed by: Nathan Lee
    A convoluted hodge-podge of time frames, subplots and bit player back stories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 11
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 11
  3. Negative: 1 out of 11
  1. AaronM.
    Aug 16, 2006
    Incredibly powerful and intensley emotional storytelling. Pefect in a very dark, disturbing way that all drama should strive to be.
  2. Ben
    May 12, 2006
    Seriously now, there's nothing quite like Park Chan-wook's masterful revenge trilogy. Holding this film up to Sympathy for Mr. Vengence and Oldboy is inevitable... but this film stands on its own two feet way above any film that has been released so far this year. More comedic and equally just as tragic as his two past revenge films, Mr. Chan-wook has created a wonderfully visual and dramatic piece of art that I believe will be honored for years to come. BRAVO! magnificent theater. Expand
  3. RG.
    Jan 16, 2007
    A little slower than oldboy but a great finish to his triliogy. movie takes its time to gather its forces and then get in its flow. didnt like the flashback style and first but then expecting it made it very stylistic tack on the themes of a modern man and this movie hits all the right emotional highs. in the end i thought the style represents shards of humanity in a disjointed way. some very impressive scenes with great music that stick to you after the movie. Expand
  4. MarcK.
    Nov 9, 2006
    The first hour is extremely disjointed and hard to follow, and I almost turned it off. Thankfully, I hung in there, the movie became more linear, and it was magnificent! Very interesting, creative, and visually stylish. Expand
  5. Jun 19, 2013
    The film is very interesting especially in the way that it handles the flashback sequences. The major problem with this film is the fact that the ending doesn't really seem to fit with the rest of the film. Also the ending makes it seem like less of a revenge film and makes all the prison flashbacks seemingly less important. Expand
  6. SteveK.
    Apr 11, 2007
    The movie drags its feet with an inevitable, merciless, and drawn out revenge. Much more complex in its exploration of revenge and its consequences than Oldboy, but a much less interesting plot. Geum-jah's brilliant plot for revenge is a Count of Monte Cristo wanna-be that feels hollow, underdeveloped, and under-explained. Less shock, less plot, but more emotionally moving than Oldboy. Its an exhausting and disturbing movie, that's worth a look, but Park could have paced this movie a lot better and kept it from sputtering to its clumsy, unresolved end. Expand
  7. ChrisJ.
    Oct 11, 2006
    An extremely confusing and disjointed film. Twenty minutes into it I was looking at the time. Park should have steered clear of doing a flashback style movie. He flounders. Expand

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