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5,073 Ratings

Lady Vengeance

Chinjeolhan Geumjassi | 친절한 금자씨

Directed by Park Chan-wook
South Korea, 2005
Drama, Thriller, Crime
  • Korean
  • English


After being wrongfully convicted, a woman is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her daughter. While in prison she gains the respect of her cellmates and plots her revenge on the man responsible. Once released, she begins her elaborate plan of retribution, but discovers a horrifying truth.

Our take

South Korea’s 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 forever haunt our dreams. A beautiful trip to the dark side, and the end of the series’ rocky road towards salvation.

Lady Vengeance Directed by Park Chan-wook
Lady Vengeance is Park’s most sullen and patient film, and yet it’s breathless pop filmmaking, narratively mercurial, viscerally traumatic, and thematically infernal.
April 25, 2006
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Park goes to discomfitingly bloody extremes once the gloves come off, and the result is viscerally disturbing, yet riveting.
April 25, 2006
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Like a fairy tale with fangs, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance promises pleasurable escapism, but ensnares its audience in a thorny line of questioning. Sympathetic it may be, but its pretty veneer masks a dark center.
January 01, 2005
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