Lady Vengeance takes a more sombre position on its subject matter than Oldboy. Although it is violent and bloody, it always moves with purpose, and the movie succeeds beautifully in providing an exploration of vengeance itself. The fade to white version I watched is especially poignant, with the colours becoming gradually more washed out the further Geum-ja proceeds in her dark task.
This film was really good. I loved each and every character, they were well thought-out and quirky in their own ways. Each shot and movement was so interesting and I loved the blocking of the characters to add up to the overall oddness of this film. I absolutely loved that it faded to black-and-white halfway through, summarising the film quite nicely. How there is both sin and purity in everyone.
My personal favorite of Chan-wook Park's Vengeance trilogy mainly because it is fast-paced with a lot of flashbacks and editing and actually dare us into thinking how far can we be pushed before we would kill someone? I know that I would probably be one of the parents in this film and because of that this film is gruesomely effective.
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.