The third and final film of Park’s Vengeance Trilogy, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance follows the story of Lee Geum-ja, a woman imprisoned for a crime she did not commit. Lee then seeks revenge on the true perpetrator, who blackmailed her to take the blame for his crime and kidnapped her daughter…
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As many of the new Korean wave films, Lady Vengeance follows a puzzled structure, based more on memories and senses than a traditional western plot. The present, past and future is mixed into a fascinating maelstrom of poetry, gruesome violence and surreal images. Intriguing but beautiful and hardly forgettable.
This definitely fits with the other two films. The theme of vengeance comes full circle. Very good film first half and a brilliant second half. Also the cinematography is beautiful. The Vengeance trilogy is awesome.
Essential cinema. The closing chapter of the 'vengeance trilogy' may well be its most thematic entry with the passage of time. On release it seemed to pale to 'Old Boy' but now seems just as taboo smashing. Masterfully constructed and scripted with a final act that summarizes the trilogy magnificently. Casting is exceptional especially lead Yeong-ae Lee.
A good installment to the 'vengeance trilogy' but far from being phenomenal. It has impressive photography throughout but what some times is a powerful tool of cinematic delight, at others begins to distract from the storytelling. There needs to be a harmony among the various elements of filmmaking in order for a film to come full circle and no matter how many brilliant moments this has, it is still a dotted circle.
I found this juvenile, sadistic and hurtful. What felt fresh in Oldboy here feels hallow and transparent as visual trickery rather than a true style. Lee Yeong-ae is solid but Park does little to help her, leaving her to deliver speeches to the camera or stand and silently emote. Park's "exploration" of revenge is asinine and nauseating.