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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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Acclaimed filmmaker Park Chan Wook returns to the director's chair to helm Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, one of the most highly anticipated Korean films of 2005. The film marks the end of Park's hugely popular "Vengeance Trilogy", a series of films that began with 2002's Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and continued with 2003's internationally successful Old Boy. Unlike most trilogies, this trio of pictures is united not by plot or by characters, but by its thematic content, namely, revenge and its terrible consequences.

Actress Lee Young Ae (Joint Security Area, Jewel in the Palace) takes up the leading role in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, portraying Geum Ja, a beautiful woman just released from jail after thirteen years of imprisonment. Her crime? The kidnapping and brutal murder of a young child. Through the use of flashbacks, it is revealed that Geum Ja was extremely kind and generous to the other prisoners during her internment, earning a widespread reputation as a veritable saint among the imprisoned women.

However, Geum Ja's polite behavior masks her true intentions, for it seems she is totally innocent of the charges brought against her and is covertly hatching an elaborate plan to seek retribution on the twisted Mr. Baek, an English teacher played by Old Boy's Choi Min Sik who is responsible for her unjust conviction. And as soon as Geum Ja is released from prison, her demeanor changes. Once kind and considerate, she becomes cold and calculating. Enlisting the help of a retired cop (Nam Il Woo) and her daughter Jenny (who was adopted by an Australian couple during the anti-heroine's incarceration), Geum Ja sets in motion her plan for bitter vengeance, but will she succeed? Find out in Sympathy for Lady Vengeance, a film that may just prove why revenge is a dish best served cold!

Special Features:

Disc One:

  • Theatrical release of the film
  • Audio commentary by director Park Chan Wook
  • Audio commentary by Director, Cinematographer and Art Director
  • Making of documentary
  • Character profiles
  • Venice 2005 footage
  • Promotional material - Theatrical trailer, teaser, TV spots, posters

    Disc Two:

  • The "Fade to Black & White" version of the film
  • Audio commentary with Korean film critic
  • Deleted scenes with optional director's commentary
  • The Style Of Lady Vengeance - five part production featurette: Visualization, Production Design, Costume & Make Up, Special Art and CG Effects
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    Product Title: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version) 親切的金子 (DTS限量版) (韓國版) 亲切的金子 (DTS限量版) (韩国版) 親切なクムジャさん (韓国版) 친절한 금자씨 (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
    Artist Name(s): Lee Young Ae | Choi Min Sik | Stanley Kwan | Park Chan Wook 李英愛 | 崔岷植 | 關錦鵬 | 朴 贊郁 李英爱 | 崔岷植 | 关锦鹏 | 朴赞郁 イ・ヨンエ | チェ・ミンシク | 關錦鵬 (スタンリー・クァン) | パク・チャヌク 이 영애 | 최 민식 | Kwan Stanley | 박찬욱
    Release Date: 2005-12-29
    Language: Korean
    Subtitles: English, Korean
    Country of Origin: South Korea
    Disc Format(s): DVD
    Region Code: 3 - South East Asia (including Hong Kong, S. Korea and Taiwan) What is it?
    Rating: III
    Duration: 115 (mins)
    Publisher: CJ Entertainment
    Other Information: 2 DVDs
    Shipment Unit: 2 What is it?
    YesAsia Catalog No.: 1004060258

    Product Information

    * Screen Format : Anamorphic Widescreen
    * Sound Mix : DISC 1 - Dolby Digital 5.1 DISC 2 - DTS
    * DVD Type : DVD-9
    * Extras :
    DISC 1
    - Making of Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    - Characters for Lady Vengeance
    ① 이영애 ② 최민식 ③ 감방동료 ④ 유가족들
    - Sympathy for Lady Vengeance in Venezia : 베니스 영화제 스케치
    - Promotion
    Trailer
    Teaser Trailer
    TV Spot
    Poster

    DISC 2
    - Style of Lady Vengeance : 감독, 스텝 인터뷰
    ①Visualization : 박찬욱 감독, 박현원 조명감독, 정정훈 촬영감독
    ②Production Design : 조화성 프로덕션 디자이너
    ③Costume & Make-up : 송종희 분장팀장, 조상경 의상팀장
    ④Special Art : 황효균 특수분장팀장
    ⑤CG : 이전형 실장
    - Alternate Scenes _ Commentary ON & OFF; 박찬욱감독, 이영애, 최민식

    * Director : 박찬욱

    "받은 만큼 드릴게요"
    - 2005년 가장 궁금한 그녀의 맘속 -

    >> 왜 스스로 감옥에 갇혔는가
    - 1991년. 살인사건 용의자로 지목된 후 자수
    이금자(이영애)는 ‘동부이촌동 박원모 어린이 유괴사건’의 용의자로 처음 세상에 알려졌다. 그녀 나이 스무 살 때였다. 사람들은 이런 끔찍한 범행을 저지르기에 너무 어린 그녀의 나이에 놀랐고, 그녀의 아름다운 미모에 또 한번 놀랐다. 자신의 죄를 인정하며 순순히 자백하는 그녀의 모습을 본 많은 사람들은 그녀가 하늘에서 내려온 ‘천사’가 아닐까 생각했다.
    금자씨, 그녀는 천사인가? 아니면 천사의 탈을 쓴 악마인가?

    >> 왜 복수하려 하는가
    - 1991년~2004년. 경주 여자 교도소 수감
    금자는 13년 간의 교도소 생활 동안 오직 백선생(최민식)을 향한 복수를 준비한다. 세상에서 가장 극악무도하고 인정을 베풀 가치조차 없는 인물. 금자는 그런 백선생에게 이제 복수를 시작하려 한다. 자신을 죄인으로 만들었기에 결코 용서할 수 없다.
    과연 13년 전, 둘 사이에는 무슨 일이 있었던 것일까?

    >> 과연 그녀의 복수는 어떻게 끝날 것인가
    - 2004년 출소. 현재 보호관찰 속에 빵집에서 근무
    금자씨는 출소 후, 교도소에서 배운 제빵 기술을 이용해 빵집에서 일하게 된다. 겉으로는 안정된 직업을 가진 듯 보이지만, 실제로는 더욱 치밀한 복수를 준비하는 중. 드디어 영어학원 선생으로 일하고 있는 백선생을 찾는데 성공한다. 13년의 복역생활 동안 금자의 친절함에 반해버린 감방동기들이 다양한 방법을 통해 그녀의 복수를 돕는다.

    과연 그녀는 이 복수를 어떻게 끝낼 것인가.
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    Professional Review of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)"

    January 23, 2007

    Until you've seen a Park Chan Wook film, you've never been gruelled. Not even slightly. You may think that other films are raw or powerful or harsh, but other filmmakers are novices compared to Master Park. And although Sympathy For Lady Vengeance is visually beautiful, you'll still be in for a good gruelling.

    That said, I'd have to say that this is the gentlest of the Vengeance trilogy (Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance and Old Boy being parts one and two respectively). Perhaps that's because this is an illustration of the old saying, "Vengeance is a dish that's best served cold." Thirteen and a half years cold. And where the first two films focused on either impassioned revenge from the throes of grief, or dedicated revenge based on long years of implacable and growing hatred, this one follows Geum Jae as she calmly enacts her plan, concocted with care in prison.

    We get the first hint that "Kindly Miss Geum Jae" is not so kindly in the opening scene, when she is released from prison. A church chorus, led by the disturbing Kim Byeong Ok (who played Mr. Han in Old Boy), welcomes her with a rousing hymn and the traditional gift of white tofu. She responds to the astonished preacher with a deadpan stare and a comment of "Why don't you go screw yourself."

    Like Old Boy, this one makes lavish use of color. Geum Jae's new abode is a nook under the stairs with a zebra-striped red and black color scheme, ideally suited to the shrine to vengeance it becomes. Her new workplace, a patisserie, glows with warm gold, suggesting food and love and comfort. An abandoned school, site of the original crime and the ensuing vengeance, crumbles gray, dank and lifeless.

    Once again, Park's visual compositions are superb. A Seoul alleyway, bordered by high stone walls, turned at night into a shadowy pit. A row of bereaved family members, decked out in plastic raincoats, sitting on a bench waiting their turn to wield their assorted carpentry tools on the killer. A row of metal sculptures, almost identical, of a woman holding aloft a man's severed head.

    Considering that the Vengeance trilogy supposedly began as an offhand comment by Park, there is a real evolution here. In Sympathy For Mr. Vengeance, the tragedy is driven by a society that cares for money more than people. In Old Boy, it's a chance comment and a forbidden liaison. In Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, we're faced with deliberate human malice and greed.

    This, of course, makes the villain impossible to like. But that's the way it should be, because here Park focuses on the effect of long-anticipated vengeance on the one taking revenge. A likeable villain would only muddy the waters. And, as in all of Park's other films, things never work out the way we plan.

    9 glass marbles out of 10

    by Alison Jobling - heroic-cinema.com

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    Average Customer Rating for this Edition: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.1 out of 10 (12)
    Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.4 out of 10 (17)

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    July 22, 2007

    This customer review refers to Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (Deluxe Special Edition)
    horrible Customer Review Rated Bad 1 - 1 out of 10
    Another very disappointing film with Lee Yang Oi. No doubt this film was made for the western market. You see revenge, you see blood, you see some really horrible things, you even hear them speaking in English, but what you wouldn't see is a sensible well constructed story that makes sense.
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    June 6, 2007

    This customer review refers to Sympathy For Lady Vengeance aka: Chinjeolhan Geumjassi (Malaysia Version)
    Sympathy For Lady Vengeance Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    There is no denying that this movie looks visually stunning, with its mix of retro glamour and manga-noir fantasy. From the wallpaper to details like the peach-pink shade of a single marble (a significant prop in this storyline), director Park Chan Wook displays an unerring, Wong Kar Wai-like instinct for saturating his work with lines and colors so sensual they also make you swoon. The most obvious example of this is the red eye shadow rimming the eyes of leading lady Lee Young Ae, which gives her a cooler-than-thou air that is part ironic geisha and part avenging angel.

    In a glib subversion of her virtuous Jewel In The Palace persona, Lee plays a woman released from prison after serving time for a crime she didn't commit. She then sets out to avenge herself, and, along the way, reclaims her long-lost daughter, Lee demonstrates her versatility well, playing various degrees of twisted, jaded, and remorseful with an understated elegance. Still, there is something troubling about the film's apparently feminist stance.

    Despite the casual servings of stylished violence and black humour one has come to associate with Park,Sympathy For Lady Vengeance ultimately strikes one as a deeply conventional piece. Its protagonist, armed with a halo of maternal love, is never really tainted by the sins she commits, which are filmed with such a grosteque-comic air that one can scarcely take them seriously anyway. The final act of this movie, which involves a collective act of vigilante justice, is the apotheosis of the movie's facile wit - too clever by half and lacking in real emotional resonance. As far as kickass female avengers go, you would do better to stick with The Bride from Kill Bill.
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    April 5, 2007

    This customer review refers to Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
    1 people found this review helpful

    Interesting Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
    Once in a while I buy a movie without knowing too much about it so I can be intrigued by the plot. Boy, was I surprised. By looking at the Chinese title of this movie, I wondered if it was a romantic comdey or love story. Well, it definitely was not something I would usually buy. However, by keeping an open mind, I was able to see a different kind of Korean movie. No more light hearted story. This movie portrays a lot of painful emotion and the unfairness of life. It takes a different approach from the usual gun and knife club style. Is this a movie I want to see again and again? No! But, I definitely I appreciate the effort to make a movie that provoks thinking.
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    September 19, 2006

    GOOD ACTING...LOUSY MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
    LEE YOUNG AE ACTING IS REALLY GREAT BUT THE STORYLINE DOESNOT MAKE SENSE. MR. VENGEANCE IS FAR MORE BETTER THAN THIS ONE. A LITTLE DISAAPOINTING CONSIDERING HER HIT SERIES "JEWEL IN THE PALACE". SHE'S TOO PRETTY TO PORTRAY THIS ROLE.
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    Steve Rees
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    June 10, 2006

    lady vengence Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
    Quite a slow film but very well made. Great acting, and like all Korean films I have seen lots of great visual displays. The ending is just brilliant, really makes you think what you would do. A little slow through the film but the end more than makes up for it.
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