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Lee Young Ae (Actor) | Choi Min Sik (Actor) | Park Chan Wook (Director) | Ko Chang Seok
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All Editions Rating: Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5.4 out of 10 (17)

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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!

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Product Title: Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version) 親切的金子 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 亲切的金子 (Blu-ray) (香港版) 親切なクムジャさん (Blu-ray) (香港版) Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)
Also known as: Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Chinjeolhan Geumjassi Chinjeolhan Geumjassi
Artist Name(s): Lee Young Ae (Actor) | Choi Min Sik (Actor) | Ko Chang Seok | Oh Kwang Rok | Ra Mi Ran | Kim Si Hoo | Oh Dal Soo | Kim Yoo Jung | Kim Byung Ok 李英愛 (Actor) | 崔岷植 (Actor) | 高昌錫 | 吳光祿 | 羅美蘭 | 金時厚 | 吳達庶 | 金 裕貞 | Kim Byung Ok 李英爱 (Actor) | 崔岷植 (Actor) | 高昌锡 | 吴光禄 | 罗美兰 | 金时厚 | 吴达庶 | 金 裕贞 | Kim Byung Ok イ・ヨンエ (Actor) | チェ・ミンシク (Actor) | コ・チャンソク | Oh Kwang Rok | ラ・ミラン | キム・シフ | オ・ダルス | キム・ユジョン | Kim Byung Ok 이 영애 (Actor) | 최 민식 (Actor) | 고창석 | 오광록 | 라미란 | 김시후 | 오달수 | 김유정 | 김병옥
Director: Park Chan Wook 朴 贊郁 朴赞郁 パク・チャヌク 박찬욱
Blu-ray Region Code: A - Americas (North, Central and South except French Guiana), Korea, Japan, South East Asia (including Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan) What is it?
Release Date: 2009-08-28
Language: Cantonese, Korean
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Place of Origin: South Korea
Picture Format: [HD] High Definition What is it?
Closed Captioning: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital 5.1
Disc Format(s): Blu-ray
Screen Resolution: 1080p (1920 x 1080 progressive scan)
Duration: 115 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Other Information: Blu-ray + DVD
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1021070491

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Director: Park Chan Wook

All she wanted was a peaceful life…

- Geum-ja

  Geum-ja (Lee Young-ae), a beautiful girl who cannot help but draw attention of all the men around her, was first introduced to the public as the one responsible for the abduction and murder of a little boy at the age of twenty. Being so young and pretty, her horrific crime drew national media attention.

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

  "Sweet" Geum-ja, however, has not been idle during her time in prison. For 13 years, she plotted revenge against her former teacher, Mr. Baek (Choi Min-sik). Her kindness while in "the joint" has paid off and has now gained many friends and allies. Now that Geum-ja is getting out of jail, she is ready to put her carefully conceived plan into action.

  What happened between Geum-ja and her teacher 13 years ago? Why does she want revenge? And how will her quest for vengeance end? These are the mysteries of SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE.

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Professional Review of "Sympathy For Lady Vengeance (Blu-ray) (Hong Kong Version)"

January 23, 2007

This professional review refers to Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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

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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

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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

This customer review refers to Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
GOOD ACTING...LOUSY MOVIE Customer Review Rated Bad 5 - 5 out of 10
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June 10, 2006

This customer review refers to Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (DVD) (2-Disc) (Korea Version)
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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