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3.0 out of 5 stars Worth seeing, but drags in part, 10 Aug 2008
This review is from: Lady Vengeance [DVD] (DVD)
Lady Vengeance, the third installment in Park Chan-Wook trilogy of vengeance is some notches below the masterpiece that was Old Boy (I have not seen the first movie, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance) but it is still a well-made film, worth seeing. In this case, as the title suggests, is a woman who seeks revenge, Lee Geum-Ja, after being held in prison for thirteen years for the murder of a child he did not commit (but was involved in the kidnapping). She was forced to confess to the murder after the murderer, a teacher called Mr. Baek, held her daughter hostage, threatening to kill her. Once in prison (after the murder being covered feverishly by the sensationalist press), she presented herself as a model prisoner, always helping her fellow inmates with a supposedly angelic demeanor. Once her time was up, and she was released from prison, her personality reverted to her true self: that of a cold avenger seeking the death of Mr. Baek. To achieve that, she recruits the help of her former inmates, who owed her for her actions in prison in a variety of ways. Filmed stylishly, the movie works through a complicated scheme of flashbacks and dream sequences, though unlike Old Boy, it is clear from the start who wants revenge from whom (and Lee is so dedicated, we never doubt that she will succeed in her mission). The first hour and a half of the film is really gripping; the last twenty minutes are a complete letdown: the scenes of the parents of other children murdered by Baek discussing justice is really dreadful (as are all the scenes of Lee reuniting with her daughter, in which the film does not shy away from saccharine sentimentality). Still, I recommend this film, with reservations.
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