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 Vengea... more »nce 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« less
"This is the last installment of Park Chan Wook's theme linked Vengeance trilogy - the first being Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and then OLdbOY....
Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae), in her teen years is thrust into the spotlight when she is arrested and charged for the abduction and murder of a six year old boy, a crime she did not commit. The killer is Mr Baek (Old Boy's Choi Min-sik) framed her. While in jail, she gets allies to her cause for revenge and upon her release she takes her time to play out her fantasy of vengeance and the movie takes us through that journey as the director blends in a pespective of vengeance that is rather different from the last 2 films.
For fans of style , you will get your appetites filled as they are beautiful sets are littered all throughout the film. The violence is built up till the end when it erupts on screen. If you are a fan of OLdbOY, and that's the reason you are gonnna catch it; my suggestion is, do not expect an OLdbOY sequel or anything that resembles OLdbOY, as you will be sorely disappointed... Enter this film with the impression that is a whole new film experience and you will enjoy it......But mind you, this is a wonderful effort and a fantastic conclusion to the revenge trilogy....
The DVD -
2:35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen Korean Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 Surround tracks English and Spanish subtitles Theatrical trailer, and some preview trailers
The rest of the extras are still not released.... I will update them when i recieve them..
But it's been confirmed that the fade to black version of Lady Vengeance(which appears in the Korean Special edition) is not available here.
Ps: Please note that the Korean distributors of the movie have only released a 2 disc special edition and there is a HK single and double disc edition available. If there are anyone mentioning a Korean single disc edition - there is no such thing and they are not legal versions, beware such sellers!!!!"
G. Lande | Rochester Hills, MI USA | 01/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"There's a couple of movies that for some reason I waited months to watch after I bought them. They sat there in a pile, and I couldn't get myself to open them, and then I put them in and kicked myself for waiting so long.
Old Boy and Lady Vengeance are two of those.
I saw Lady Vengeance compared to Audry Hepburn (sp?) acting the part of a hitman. I think that's the perfect description. She's sharp, elegant, perceptive and strong. And she's dynamic. That's all I'll say without giving away the end."
Park Chan-wook proves to us that he is one of the best direc
Jenny J.J.I. | That Lives in Carolinas | 12/14/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This film is really good. Park Chanwook made the perfect conclusion to a trilogy with Sympathy for Lady Vengeance. The three films work off each other beautifully, and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is far from a disappointment.The acting is top-notch, with cameos from Park Chanwook's first two films intermingling with new talent. The directing is superb, not quite eclipsing Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance or Oldboy but coming quite close. Park's directing style is solid and distinctive; he builds off earlier films and ideas to give an air of intensity surrounding the most innocent of scenes.
SFLV cuts back on the violence and focuses on personal turmoil, a welcome change from the beginning of his revenge trilogy. My favorite elements of this movie are the use of flashbacks to tell the witty, yet complicated story, and that the film sticks to its theme of vengeance with a die-hard, unwavering dedication. The only thing holding back from a perfect score is a slow ending, one which is necessary to bring the trilogy to a close but still slightly treading.
All in all, this film represents a master finishing his masterpiece, should be viewed by everyone, and works perfectly as a separate film and not a piece of a trilogy. Violence is minimal compared to Park's first two films, but is graphic. "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" is one of the few films that will make people cry not out of sadness but out of love. "
Another Outstanding Film In The Trilogy!
Ernest Jagger | Culver City, California | 12/18/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Having seen all of the films in the Park Chan-Wook's vengeance trilogy, I must write that this one is another great gem of a film by this remarkable director. The film centers on the life of Geum-ja (Yeong-ae Lee); who has been convicted and sentenced to prison for murdering a child. However, there is more to the story than meets the eye. The usual unpredictable storytelling of director Park Chan-Wook has weaved another masterful revenge film. This film cannot, and should not be compared to the other two films in the trilogy. Each is different and diverges into the dark recesses of the human soul in its own way. I happen to think that this film deserves praise for its originality, and the depth of the characters in the film. Many of the actors you will recognize as those who portrayed both the protagonist's and antagonist's in the other films of the trilogy, "Oldboy" and "Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance."
When Geum-ja is finally released from prison after 13 years, she has appeared to have gone through a transformation in her life by converting to Christianity and earning the nickname 'The kindhearted Geum-ja." However, while in prison she has had only one thought in her mind: REVENGE. The object of her obsession for the past 13 years has been Mr. Baek (Min-Sik Choi). Furthermore, it is her friends from prison that she enlists in her quest to seek vengeance. Yeong-ae Lee gives a tremendous performance in the film, and the films success is due in great part to her great acting. Although this film is not as violent as the first two, the story itself is very good. However, the films nuances are great, and both Geum-ja, and the rest of the characters in the film pull off great a performance in their respective roles.
Also, the cinematography in this particular episode is magnificent. The array of colors and beautifully shot scenes are just terrific. Moreover, the film is more subtle than the previous two films of the trilogy, and this works well within the film. As this film has a different sort of twist on those seeking revenge, than the other two previous films had. I don't wish to spoil the film for those of you who have not seen this great film, however, its is a great film, and if you liked either of the other films, or any film with great suspenseful dramatic acting, then you will definetly like this film. However, do not go into this film expecting an "Oldboy"' type film, this one is different. I know many who do no like "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" [even though it had a more realistic and plausible plot than "Oldboy"] and as a result, they wound up disliking that particular film. Each of these films is a gem in its own right. I like ALL of them, each has a different story to tell, and each is uniquely great. The film is highly recommended. [Stars: 5+]"
Lady Vengence film review
Marion | UK | 01/09/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This film is an exciting and poignant depiction of a woman whose life has reached the point of no return. The story unfolds in an intelligent way encouraging you to continue to engage with it. The music used is haunting and entirely appropriate for each scene adding to the drama.
This movie is not for the faint of heart. It deals with adult themes and criminal activity. It does this in a completely artful way. I saw the film originally during a Korean film festival on television and subsequently bought it as a gift for a family member. "