I give this five stars for a simple reason and not because I can comfortably give it five stars now. That's because I've only seen it once, when I was too young to critically evaluate it.However, the reason I've only seen it one time is because it burned itself into my mind like no film ever has, before or since.
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.
I love love love this trilogy. Oldboy is the perfect tale and while one porridge may have been too cold and another too hot, they are still quite worth watching and dissecting. Lady Vengeance is super calculating and white hot with seeking revenge that the film earns her missteps in the grand plan, as well as the obvious reckoning by the end.