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Lady Vengeance (2005)Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance (2005)

Truth-seeking and revenge fuel this Korean classic

Drama, Thriller

best
THE VERY BEST

8.1

movie

South Korea

English, Japanese, Korean

Action-packed, Intense, Mind-blowing

2005

Chan-wook Park, Park Chan-wook

Anne Cordiner, Bu-seon Kim, Byeong-ok Kim

115 min

Synopsis

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

8.1
Jasmine Renaé

This Park Chan-Wook classic is the third part of a trilogy of films around the theme of revenge, following Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy. While ultimately unique, Lady Vengeance is a thriller set in a prison, in the vein of films such as the Japanese action drama Female Prisoner #701: Scorpion. After being framed and wrongly convicted for murder, our protagonist seeks out the true perpetrator of the crime –– but more than anything else, she seeks vengeance. 

This film’s run time is 115 minutes and every second is essential. There is often gratuitous violence perpetrated by men against women in film, however Lady Vengeance takes back control and for that reason it remains one of my favorite revenge films.

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