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A.k.a.
Lady Vengeance
Year
2005
Runtime
115 min.
Director
Park Chan-Wook
Genres
Crime, Drama, Thriller
Rating *
7.5
Votes *
54,264
Checks
5,615
Favs
589
Dislikes
48
Favs/checks
10.5% (1:10)
Favs/dislikes
12:1
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  1. sammysin's avatar

    sammysin

    I'd say this is very underrated. I love Oldboy, but it gets insane credit, whereas this gets hardly any.

    I think it is one of the most powerful, beautiful and understated films ever made. Everything about it is elegant and stunning, from Geum-Ja to the cakes, the music and the gun.

    I absolutely love it and can't articulate it fully in words.
    11 years 7 months ago
  2. Windill's avatar

    Windill

    I totally loved it for one hour and a half, because of its artistic touch and its powerful main character, but I must say I didn't like the last 30 minutes or so.
    (I'm not a vengeance guy...)
    Nevertheless: every movie fan should watch it.
    5 years 8 months ago
  3. Siskoid's avatar

    Siskoid

    Park Chan-wook's (Sympathy for) Lady Vengeance is a real freight train, expecting you to follow the story through its initial breakneck pace, going and back and forth in time to set the pieces into motion. A young woman gets out of prison, and had become the guardian angel to many inmates during her time, but she was really recruiting help to help her enact her bloody revenge on the man who put her there. That's a very broad stroke, because - while I won't say the film is hard to follow, only that it requires your attention - it's a lot more complicated than that, and that's what makes it so delightfully unpredictable. One of director Park's tricks is to tease out information only as needed, and I feel like he's still revealing secrets during the last few minutes. And you certainly don't know where it's going or how it all fits together until the end. Tonally too, because the film is very funny and has a sense of fun, but then has these horrible acts at the center of it, the last piece of the "sympathy" being built for the title character, which may be hard for some viewers to watch. A gorgeous-looking film, too, though not sure that needs be said when we're discussing Park Chan-wook. 3 years 4 months ago
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  1. This movie ranks #23 in Korean Screen's 100 Greatest Korean Films
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  2. This movie ranks #557 in Tom Vick's Asian Cinema: A Field Guide
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  3. This movie ranks #711 in TSPDT's 21st Century's Most Acclaimed Films
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