Lady VengeanceJuly 29, 2005
After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee is released and tries to fix her life…
Release Year: 2005
Rating: 7.7/10 (26,898 voted)
Critic's Score: 75/100
Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Shi-hoo Kim
After thirteen and half years in prison for kidnapping and murdering the boy Park Won-mo, Geum-ja Lee is released and tries to fix her life. She finds a job in a bakery; she orders the manufacturing of a special weapon; she reunites with her daughter, who was adopted by an Australian family; and she plots revenge against the real killer of Won-mo, the English teacher Mr. Baek. With the support of former inmates from prison, Geum-ja seeks an unattained redemption with her vengeance.
Writers: Chan-wook Park, Seo-Gyeong Jeong
A prison officer
Lee Geum-Ja, have mercy on us…
Release Date: 29 July 2005
Box Office Details
Budget: KRW 4,200,000,000
Opening Weekend: HKD 914,116
(16 October 2005)
(1 October 2006)
(Mar del Plata Film Festival)
Did You Know?
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.
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Unexpected poetry and bleak hilarity
"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.