Friday, July 17, 2009

Lady Vengeance (2005)

A woman is wrongly imprisoned for the death of a young boy, seeking revenge against the man responsible for the murder after her release 13yrs later. Once again, Park dramatically changes both his visual style and plot arrangement from the previous two entries in his Vengeance trilogy. Lady Vengeance is told through a non-linear format, frequently jumping back and forth in time developing the lead character and introducing her accomplices. It becomes disorienting at times trying to keep track of what becomes 10-15 players in the plot against the killer, and by the time the final attack on the antagonist is revealed, the long and overly complicated build feels unnecessary considering just how simple her final plan really is. Geum-ja's character is also very hard to relate to, as she is never truly presented in a positive light and rather serves as a spiteful anti-hero. It is nice to see a few returning actors from the two previous films in new roles, including Min-Sik Choi of Old Boy fame as the antagonist. As expected, the filming, acting, and dialogue are all superb, and the film does recapture the cynical wit and dark tones common to the series, but overall Lady Vengeance felt lacking as compared to the other two films. Fans of the series cant miss this one, but removed from the other two films, this one just feels like an OK revenge flick.

Rating: 8/10.
Entertainment: 7/10.

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  1. I loved this movie...though not as much as Oldboy.

  2. I dont know what it was about it, but I really didnt connect at any point of the film. I enjoyed Sympathy for Mr Vengeance much much more, because each of the characters truly were sympathetic in their different plights. I didnt feel a shred of sympathy for the lead in this one, which distanced me from the rest of the events in the film. I still need to give it a second watch to see if I missed something, but what cant be denied is Park's amazing visual stylization. He really is incredible!

  3. Carl - Have you seen Oldboy? I'm looking forward to Park's Thirst.

  4. Why certainly, I actually just reviewed Sympathy for Mr Vengeance and Old Boy previous to this one. I have been trying not to read anything on Thirst because I am very interested in seeing it, dont even know what its about at this point lol..

  5. Carl - Same here! I am an advocate of boycotting trailers and reviews until after experiencing a movie for oneself.

  6. I agree with you Carl, this is my 3rd favorite Park Revenge film. He is an amazing director. Thirst looks great as well. JSA: Joint Security Area was a pretty good film as well, if you haven't checked that one out. It isn't on the same level as the Vengeance Trilogy, but still worth seeing.


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