Lady Vengeance

July 29th, 2005


Lady Vengeance

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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

Director: Chan-wook Park

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

Yeong-ae Lee - Geum-ja Lee
Min-sik Choi - Mr. Baek
Shi-hoo Kim - Geun-shik
Yea-young Kwon - Jenny
Tony Barry - StepFather, Australian
Anne Cordiner - StepMother, Australian
Su-hee Go - Ma-nyeo
Hye-jeong Kang - Tv announcer
Bu-seon Kim - So-young Woo
Byeong-ok Kim - Preacher
Dae-yeon Lee - Prison head
Seung-Shin Lee - Yi-jeong Park
Su-gyeong Lim - A prison officer
Il-woo Nam - Detective Choi
Dal-su Oh - Mr. Chang

Taglines: Lee Geum-Ja, have mercy on us...


Official Website: Official site [Germany] | Official site [South Korea] |

Release Date: 29 July 2005

Box Office Details

Budget: KRW 4,200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: HKD 914,116 (Hong Kong) (16 October 2005) (29 Screens)

Gross: $211,667 (USA) (1 October 2006)

Technical Specs

Runtime:  | Argentina: (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.

Geum-ja Lee: Be White. Live White. Like this.

User Review

Unexpected poetry and bleak hilarity

Rating: 9/10

"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.

9/10. Bravo.


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