Chinjeolhan geumjassi   2005   South Korea Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
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Director:Chan-wook Park
Studio:Tartan Video
Writer:Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park
IMDb Rating:7.7 (23,935 votes)
Awards:10 wins & 8 nominations
Duration:112 min
Chan-wook Park  ...  (Director)
Seo-Gyeong Jeong, Chan-wook Park  ...  (Writer)
Yeong-ae Lee  ...  Geum-ja Lee
Min-sik Choi  ...  Mr. Baek
Kwang-rok Oh  ...  Se-hyun's Father
Ha-kyun Shin  ...  A hired assassin 2
Su-hee Go  ...  Ma-nyeo
Tony Barry  ...  StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner  ...  StepMother, Australian
Hye-jeong Kang  ...  Tv announcer
Bu-seon Kim  ...  So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim  ...  Preacher
Shi-hoo Kim  ...  Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon  ...  Jenny
Dae-yeon Lee  ...  Prison head
Seung-Shin Lee  ...  Yi-jeong Park
Su-gyeong Lim  ...  A prison officer
Il-woo Nam  ...  Detective Choi
Dal-su Oh  ...  Mr. Chang
Mi-ran Ra  ...  Oh, Su-hee
Seung-wan Ryoo  ...  A passerby
Yeong-ju Seo  ...  Kim, Yang-hee
Kang-ho Song  ...  A hired assassin 1
Ji-tae Yu  ...  A grown-up Won-mo
Jin-seo Yun  ...  A prisoner
Chung-hoon Chung  ...  Cinematographer
Summary: The third stop in Chan-wook Park's breathless revenge trilogy, Lady Vengeance comes down slightly--just slightly--from the astonishing highs of middle segment Oldboy. Elegant and ultraviolent in equal measures, Lady Vengeance requires rapt attention from the opening moments, as Park unloads his set-up in a jumble of characters and flashbacks. At the center is a doll-faced ex-con named Geum-ja (Yeong-ae Lee), who just spent 13 years in the slammer for killing a little boy. There's much more to her case than the public knows, and Geum-ja has been carefully, quietly preparing for revenge against the man who put her in this situation. We watch those gears turning throughout the movie, but as Lady Vengeance nears its completion it broadens into an even bigger event than Geum-ja expected. Funny and horrifying, Lady Vengeance is as measured as Geum-ja's own preparations, and has a gorgeous sort of logic about it. As impressive as those machinations are to watch, the movie doesn't make as forceful an argument as Oldboy on just how revenge might be as punishing to the revenge-taker as for his target. Lee is a cool heroine, and Min-sik Choi, who did such heroically exhausting service in Oldboy, is here employed as the monster. (The film's title in the U.S., Lady Vengeance, is different from international title Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, a closer tie to the first part of the trilogy, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance.) --Robert Horton

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