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Rated R · 112 minutes · 2006

Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Ostensibly the capper to Park Chan-wook's "vengeance" trilogy, Lady Vengeance is the most sullen and patient of the three. It's also breathless pop filmmaking: narratively mercurial, viscerally traumatic, and thematically infernal. Here, the decades-of-elaborate-retributive-plotting template used by the churlish villain in Park's Oldboy is handed to the heroine, Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae), who is released from prison after serving some 13 years for the killing of a little boy, and is silently ready for the long knives. Transmitted in overlapping patches covering roughly two decades, the clockwork of Park's story is often difficult to blueprint as you watch. But soon enough, Geum-ja's frosty post-prison intentions come to light, revealing the methodical scope of her payback plan. Rather brilliantly, the focused rage of the plot gives way in the last, galling act to become an unlikely but stunning ensemble piece: Members from several murdered children's families are gathered for a concentrated act of mourning, a debate about responsibility, a protracted execution, a slice of birthday cake, and a taste of the afterlife.
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Director: Chan-wook Park
Writer: Chan-wook Park and Seo-Gyeong Jeong
Producer: Chun-yeong Lee
Cast: Yeong-ae Lee, Min-sik Choi, Su-hee Go, Bu-seon Kim, Byeong-ok Kim, Shi-hoo Kim, Seung-Shin Lee, Il-woo Nam, Dal-su Oh and Mi-ran Ra


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