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…
Park Chan-wook ended his “Vengeance Trilogy” in style (and to great blockbuster success) with this characteristically twisted, baroque thriller, whose Lee Young-ae will haunt our dreams. A beautiful trip to the dark side, and the end of the trilogy’s rocky road towards salvation.
A great close to his trilogy where many of the tones, moods and thematic preoccupations of SFMV and OB come together beautifully. It is great to see that the movie still it is very much its own entity and I certainly enjoyed that this revenge movie ended up redemptive instead of destructive. The acting, production design and direction is beyond compare.
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.