Lady Vengeance (2005)

“Listen carefully. Everyone make mistakes. But if you committed a sin, you have to make an atonement for that sin. Atonement, do you know what that means? Big Atonement for big sins. Small Atonement for small sins. ” – Geum-ja Lee

Number of Times Seen – 1 (25 Feb 2020)

Brief Synopsis – After being released from prison for a crime she didn’t commit, a woman decides to track down the real murderer and make his pay.

My Take on it – This IMHO is probably the weakest film in the Vengeance trilogy.

The story itself has a very slow pace that is not easy to deal with especially since its takes much too long to get where it’s trying to go.

The plot is a bit too convoluted and in some places incoherent and that is problematic when trying to keep a story like this to flow and feel engaging throughout.

The film definitely gets the action scenes right and despite some excessive violence that feel too excessive, it remains the most memorable part of this film.

The characters remain a bit too underdeveloped and that hurts the idea that we want to care more about these characters or what will happen to them along their journey.

They try much too hard to present things in ways that will make things feel more intriguing, but that actually back fires most of the time and instead they unfortunately achieve the opposite effect.

Bottom Line – Probably the weakest of the Vengeance trilogy IMHO. The story moves at a slow pace and it takes too long to get to where it wants to go. The story and plot are a bit convoluted and the fact that parts get a bit too confusing doesn’t help make it any more engaging. The action scenes are done well and that is probably the most memorable aspect of the movie.  The characters aren’t developed well enough and they try too hard to keep things intriguing and opposite is the end result.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The snow at the ending is not real. They brought two trucks of salt, scattered it all over the street and finally adjusted the scene using computer graphics. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (5/10)


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3 thoughts on “Lady Vengeance (2005)

  1. While Lady Vengeance is nowhere near as graphically violent as Old Boy it’s not hard to see that they come from the same mind. They have the same air of mystery with a story that unfolds unexpectedly in a non-linear fashion, showing each one of its cards until eventually the whole dastardly hand is displayed. Geum-ja Lee is a total bad ass genius but she also a complex and damaged character that can be challenging to understand, especially in her relationship with her daughter, which makes her that much more interesting. Pair this up with the juxtaposition of the beautiful cinematography with the sickening subject matter and you’ve got another Korean gem.


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