Lady Vengeance (2005)

Lady Vengeance (2005)

Truth-seeking and revenge fuel this Korean classic

The Very Best

8.1

Movie

South Korea
English, Japanese, Korean
Drama, Thriller
2005
CHAN-WOOK PARK, PARK CHAN-WOOK
Anne Cordiner, Bu-seon Kim, Byeong-ok Kim
115 min

What it's about

Released after being wrongfully convicted and imprisoned for 13 years, a woman begins executing her elaborate plan of retribution.

The take

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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