Film review #1

Hell hath no furry…

By William Neff

Sympathy for Lady vengeance Is the third and final film in director Chan-Wook Park’s, vengeance trilogy, and provides all the bite and blood the series has come to be known for.

The Film opens with Geum-Ja Lee, a young attractive female inmate being released from prison after serving 13 years for murdering a small boy. After her release Lee quickly goes about acting out a mysterious plan that she devised while in prison. While the majority of the film is shrouded in mystery, it is clear form the start that Lee is seeking not only redemption for her own sins, but also vengeance for someone else’s. What follows is a dark and ultra violent revenge thriller that would make even Kill Bill blush.

I give this film a high 4 out of 5 stars, but at the same time warn viewers that this movie is not for everyone. First the film is ultra violent, and not recommended for any one with a week stomach. Second the film is Korean, and with out at least a rudimentary understanding of Korean culture, the plot may not translate well. The third thing that I would caution the potential viewer with is that Park’s style of direction and filmmaking is highly experimental. I cannot stress this point enough, the film is not linear, not every thread will fit neatly, and you will most likely have to view it twice to get every thing out of it. With all that said, I still highly recommend this film to those who are adventurous enough to view it. The entire film is visually stunning, Park’s use of space, color and shadow, remind me of classic filmmakers like Wells and Hitchcock. The real selling point of this film however is not how beautiful it is but rather that Park offers a completely unique story to the audience; I guarantee no one will guess the ending to this film. Just remember hell hath no fury like a woman scorned, so have some sympathy for lady vengeance.


1 Response to “Film review #1”

  1. 1 Nicole Triche
    September 18, 2010 at 2:17 PM

    – Good job laying out your points
    – Include some more details from the film that would help the viewer visual the points you are making. Ultra violent or highly experimental can mean different things to different people.

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