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“Honey, Geum-ja has this magnificent plan!” [wife]
on 7 May 2016
This 2005 revenge horror thriller [aka: Lady Vendetta, aka: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance] revolves around the kidnap and murder of a 6 year old boy and the woman imprisoned for the crime. Thirteen years later and Lee Geum-ja (Lee Yeong-ae) is released after serving her sentence, but her soul is not at rest and she seeks vengeance, but who against, why and what for?
This is really difficult to discus without giving away major plot-lines, but suffice to say there are plenty of interesting characters [each with their own past] picked up along the way and the first 45 minutes have you wondering what Geum-Ja is up to, so it plays as a jigsaw type detective thriller. The middle is a complete turn around, while the final third contains the truly harrowing scenes and concluding actions of the participants in the entire escapade. A nice touch is seeing a ‘Christian’ religious angle as seen from a Korean perspective. The story is good with some surreal imagery to add interest and the music is suitably atmospheric.
The single disc offers play, scene selection, set-up [2.0, 5.1, 5.1DTS, English subtitles on/off] and extra features [Director interview, theatrical trailer, Asia Extreme trailer reel]. There are 3 sex themed scenes but most is suggested, there is no nudity and only mild swearing. What makes this an 18 are the really intense and disturbing scenes late in the film and the agonizing choices characters have to make. This isn’t an easy film to watch at the end, being quite dark and distressing.