Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
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A woman looks for both revenge and redemption after spending 13 years in prison in this offbeat thriller from South Korea. Lee Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae) was in her early twenties when she was found guilty of kidnapping and killing a young boy, and though she confessed to the crime under duress, while behind bars she dreamed of one day being able to clear her name -- and even the score with the people who railroaded her, including the police officer who brought her in (Nam Il-woo) and Mr. Baek (Choi Min-Sik), a teacher who wronged her in a number of ways. Lee Geun-ja teams up with a number of… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 74%

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"... as brutal as it is beautiful."
‑ Bob Longino, Atlanta Journal-Constitution
"Because I am a connoisseur of art cinema, my feelings about Lady Vengeance are complex. Some parts I liked; some parts I didn't."
‑ Colin Covert, Minneapolis Star Tribune
"As a man is made to mediate the terms of his own murder, Park Chan-wook offers a perfect resolution to his "Vengeance" trilogy: an acutely agonizing elegy for whatever shred of humanity is left after the impulse for vengeance has worked itself out."
‑ Nick Rogers,
"The kind of glorious sensory rush that you can only get when a supremely confident director fully kicks out the jams. Submerged within the flash, however, is a nihilistic worldview that may be even more curdled than its predecessors."
‑ Andrew Wright, The Stranger (Seattle, WA)
"If you have a taste for revenge or just a taste for wickedly well-done filmmaking, help yourself to a serving of Lady Vengeance."
‑ Beth Accomando,
"Squanders plot impetus, and even with constant crosscutting it's lethargically paced, slogging through soap-operatic back stories and maddening irrelevancies."
‑ Bruce Westbrook, Houston Chronicle
"Pound-of-flesh cinema, you might say."
‑ Ben Walters, Time Out
"Talks Sin and Salvation while spending all his creative energies on debasing gags and sneering wide-angle shots"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"in Lady Vengeance, revenge is ultimately a shabby, sordid business that leaves everybody soiled and in need of purification - or at least of a pie in the face."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"What most will take from Lady Vengeance is a director in love with film and the ability to express that passion through the language of his medium."
‑ Brian Tallerico, UGO
"The films strain to present some kind of moral compass, a philosophy of revenge's human toll. But in the end, their sadistic glee in creative bloodshed trumps all."
‑ Chris Vognar, Dallas Morning News
"Apart from Park's impressive but ultimately hollow style (his images are impeccably composed and visually inventive), Lady Vengeance is still an exercise in wretched excess (though less extreme than its predecessors)."
‑ Jeff Shannon, Seattle Times
"Park Chanwook works his Grand Guignol sense of humor against Korean social conditions to effect a call-and-response logic to the metaphoric and literal things that happen onscreen."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"The story is delightfully multilayered, the look stylish, and the horror component top notch."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"Exciting, nerve-wracking and utterly original."
‑ Lewis Beale, Film Journal International
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