Overall Rank: 1232
Average Rating: 3/4
# of Ratings: 82
Theatrical Release Date: 09/30/2005
Genre: Drama, Thriller
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Chan-wook Park
Actors: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Seung-Shin Lee, Hye-jeong Kang, Yea-young Kwon, Shi-hoo Kim
Plot: After spending 13 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of a 6-year-old boy, beautiful and shrewd Lee Guem-ja seeks revenge against the person who really committed the crime.
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mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/17/2011
While this revenge/redemption tale isn't as brutal and heart-wrenching as Oldboy, it still packs an emotional punch. The story plays out through masterfully-framed scenes of visual beauty and from multiple perspectives, told in a non-linear format. It's thematically a little open, letting the viewer draw his/her own conclusions.
goodfellamike - wrote on 10/29/2008
Well-directed revenge thriller, but the hapless acting and script let it down. Final Grade: C
sodapop - wrote on 02/11/2008
Wasn't exactly what I was expecting...and was all the better for it.
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Daniel Corleone - wrote on 12/06/2012
Lee Geum-ja (Lee Young Ae) was convicted of killing a young boy. Her reputation has been televised and known after murdering a nasty inmate. Mr. Baek (Choi Min-sik) is the main reason for her revenge while she searches for her daughter, who was adopted. Still composes of humor, authentic acting from the lead, subtle provocative screenplay and gorgeous direction. Not as action packed, cool and entertaining as Oldboy, the film resonates because of its themes and camera movements. The antagonist's impact was not as terrifying as well while the lead and kid showed talent. Best lines delivered were: "Everyone make mistakes. But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin. Atonement, do you know what that means? Big Atonement for big sins. Small Atonement for small …
Yojimbo - wrote on 05/19/2012
The final part of Chan-wook Park's vengeance trilogy sees an angelic looking young woman imprisoned for the kidnap and murder of a young child. Upon her release from prison 13 years later, her plan for vengeance on the real killer is set in motion. The core of the film is the duality of Yeong-ae Lee's role; her angelic appearance belying her ruthless and single-minded pursuit of her goal and her quest for vengeance tempered by her feelings guilt about her part in the boy's death. It's not as bleak as Oldboy and does not have it's complex relationships and twists and turns in plot. The characters find some form of redemption by it's end, although the psychology of revenge is examined; do two wrongs make a right? Min-sik Choi's child killer is completely without redeeming qualities, but it …
gideon43 - wrote on 05/26/2010
South Korea is one of the few countries in the world where, until recently, Hollywood productions did not enjoy a dominant share of the domestic market and with movies such as A Tale Of Two Sisters, Oldboy and Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, Western audiences continue to be equally delighted and perplexed.
Sympathy is not a straightforward revenge thriller, its a tale of redemption and distortion and is played out on a grandeur scale.
Lee Geum-Ja (as played by the excellent Lee Young Ae) has a complex disposition and is portrayed as kind hearted and generous and brutal and psychotic (sometimes, in the same scene).
Her motives soon become clear and we are subject to savage prison scenes as Lee Geum-Ja makes many allies amongst her fellow inmates.
Early in the movie director Park …
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