Sympathy For The Lady Vengeance  

Serenely_Yours 117
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5/28/2006 4:15 am

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5/31/2006 4:30 am

Sympathy For The Lady Vengeance

At last after much await, I rented the Korean film, "Sympathy for the Lady Vengeance". I have always been waiting for the opportunity to watch this film. Missed it at the cinema, so its out on VCD/DVD now.

By renowned Korean film director, Park Chan Wook, Korean film lovers will know that he directed a few good ones like "JSA: Joint Security Area", "Old Boy", "Three, Monster" and "Sympathy for Mr Vengeance"... latest is "Sympathy for the Lady Vengence".

Why I like this story.
Mainly due to the surrealistic and dark humour of the plot.

The lead actress is Lee Young Ae. She is also the one who acted "Da Chang Jin" (Jewel of the Palace). Lead actor is Choi Min Sik. He had acted in "Old Boy" and one of the touching story, "Springtime" about a musician who found his heart through a group of students when he taught them music. Both movies are recommendable by me.

The story is about Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae), a beautiful girl who cannot help but draw attention from all the men around her, becomes a public figure of notoriety when she is arrested and charged for the abduction and murder of a six year-old boy, at the age of only nineteen. Being so young and pretty, her horrific crime obsesses the media. They are shocked when Geum-ja confesses, and is sent to prison on a long-term sentence.

But now, 13 years have passed and in that time, Geum-ja has been the most hardworking and model prisoner, earning the nickname 'kind-hearted Geum-ja'.

'Kind-hearted' Geum-ja, however, has not been idling during her time inside. For 13 years, she has plotted revenge against the man who is the real murderer, Mr. Baek (Choi Min-sik). Her kindness has paid off and gained her many friends and allies. Now that Geum-ja is getting out of jail, she is ready to put her carefully conceived plan into action, abetted by some of her former inmates.

Park Chan Wook adopted an interestingly eccentric method of telling the flash back tales of Geum-Jin’s time in jail and her past prior to her imprisonment. His method of using surrealistic images was rather similar to the French Movie "Le Fabuleux destin d'Amélie Poulain", where the main story line is often interrupted by series of entertaining flash backs. Both films even share a similar comical scene consisting a character that was literally beaming with joy.

By infusing dark humour in this violent tale, "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance" has less visceral effect than "Oldboy". The effect of violence and not violence itself, the driving force of this film helps viewers who does not have a penchant for grotesque violence to be able to watch Geum-Ja dish out her revenge without turning away in disgust.

But before you can get too comfortable with the kindhearted demure character that most viewers had associated her with, Lee Young-ae revealed the ruthless nature in Geum-Ja that would most likely surprise many of her fans. Now when you hear her first line in this movie, "Why don’t you go screw yourself", you know that you will have hell of a performance from Lee Young Ae as an anti-heroine who desperately seeks redemption and revenge at the same time.

The film packs a unique mix of comic flair with brutal tortures. It will prove to be another accolade for Park’s cinematic flair and storytelling. The endearing performance from Lee Young Ae would likely be able to delight and surprise many of her fans. Another Korean Movie that should not be missed.

Take a chance to watch the show. See how Lee Young Ae can transform herself from a sweet nice lady in "Da Chang Jin" to one revengeful lady in "Lady Vengeance".

Picture and some extraction from movieXclusive

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rm_Eric0072005 51M
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5/29/2006 6:53 am

Yes. JSA was an unusual story after all the BLAM BLAM I normally see.
I believe it is the first time I saw the re-created 38th parallel.
It was chilling to say the least. Much of what I read in newspaper in the past about this place was violent.

The story shows the human side of a soldier and shows the stupidity of Government in creating barriers.

As we know Korean's history, I feel really sorry that THE population in the North is ruled by a tyrant. Yet as a soldier what can you do but obey. If you are desperate enough -within your heart- you defect and risk being shot.

The end was very sad indeed as I recalled. Some war movies you find it hard to watch again b'cos it is painful.

Serenely_Yours 117

5/29/2006 4:26 am

Oh! I just want to add that it has a very nice soundtrack too. Mostly of violin and piano scores. Im looking for its soundtrack. I know that it probably be able to order online. But I just enjoy looking for it personally. If anyone has seen it, let me know.

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rm_Eric0072005 51M
254 posts
5/28/2006 8:30 am

Hi Serene Ann,

Can I borrow from you ?
You can have one of my Bond movies in return.
Or name a movie and I'll see whether my mini-library has it.

I saw Joint Security Area - the only Korean Film I bought.
Why this movie ? B'cos it mentioned the 38th Parallel - where North and South meet. I'm interested in Miltiary Movies and I was not disappointed.


Serenely_Yours replies on 5/29/2006 4:07 am:
Eric dear, I rented the disc and have returned. Sorry...

Ive watched JSA. Its cool stuff and I cannot imagine that the ending will be like that. I find that its really sad. But having this strong bond between the group of friends regardless of their states and status touched me very much.

I always like the part where they stand. I believe thats what it called the 38th Parallel. One step forward and they could blow your brain out, no matter what side it is.

I think the actor Lee Byung Hun is a cool actor too. If you want I have "A BITTERSWEET LIFE", its about gansterism and love. My hubby and I enjoy military and wars movies. Thats the only type of movies I watched with him. Other than that, hes not very interested.

Anyway, talking about movies can go endless. Enjoy it!!!

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