Sympathy for Lady Vengeance Poster

Release Date: 2005

R|1 hr 54 min

Plot Summary
Lee Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae) has spent the last 13 years in prison for a murder she didn't commit. She's fantasized about getting revenge on the various people who wronged her, including the police officer (Nam Il-woo) who forced her to confess and a shady teacher (Choi Min-sik) with whom she has a checkered past. After her release, she teams up with a group of eccentric friends she made while behind bars and sets out to clear her name and find the daughter she was forced to leave behind.

Cast: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Nam Il-woo, Kim Byeong-ok, Kim Bu-seon, Ra Mi-ran

Director: Chan-wook Park

Genres: Thriller, Comedy drama

Production Co: Moho Film

Ratings & Reviews

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  • 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. show more

  • Lady Vengeance is not for everyone. The violence, while less over-the-top and orgiastic than Park's two previous installments, is still hard and crackling. The sex is grim and graphic. And deadpan nihilism permeates the air. show more

  • Mixes comedy and melodrama to a typically baroque degree. Like his "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance," the film displays an audacious visual and narrative style, often sacrificing credibility and coherence along the way. But there is no denying its originality. show more

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