Lady Vengeance

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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. WhileLady 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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 21 out of 23
  2. Negative: 0 out of 23
  1. 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. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Reviewed by: Ethan Alter
    75
    Those last thirty minutes are worth the price of admission.
  7. 40
    A convoluted hodge-podge of time frames, subplots and bit player back stories.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 1 out of 12
  1. AaronM.
    Aug 16, 2006
    10
    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
    10
    Seriously now, there's nothing quite like Park Chan-wook's masterful revenge trilogy. Holding this film up to Sympathy for Mr. 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. Collapse
  3. RG.
    Jan 16, 2007
    9
    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 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. SteveK.
    Apr 11, 2007
    7
    The movie drags its feet with an inevitable, merciless, and drawn out revenge. Much more complex in its exploration of revenge and its 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
  5. Dec 3, 2015
    7
    Lady Vengeance is a powerful movie which starts just like any other movie. With flashbacks which introduces new characters. Then it startsLady Vengeance is a powerful movie which starts just like any other movie. With flashbacks which introduces new characters. Then it starts making a shape which is not much different then many of the revenge movies. However, it really gets interesting during last half an hour. Revenge for yourself is not enough, let other serve this dish at the best of the time. Yet it finds little comic moments. There are some questions which are left unanswered as is the ending confusing but it is very satisfying with it's climax which is brutal yet clean and impressive. Most powerful of all the the direction and acting. Every one on screen has been marvellous. Cinematography also needs a mention so does the editing. Background score is very experimental and could be held single mean of amusement in the movie. Expand
  6. Jun 19, 2013
    7
    The film is very interesting especially in the way that it handles the flashback sequences. The major problem with this film is the fact thatThe 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
  7. ChrisJ.
    Oct 11, 2006
    2
    An extremely confusing and disjointed film. Twenty minutes into it I was looking at the time. Park should have steered clear of doing a 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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