Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (친절한 금자씨)

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A different kind of angel.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the third part of The Vengeance Trilogy, following Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance and Oldboy.

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The movie follows Geum Ja, who is released from prison after over thirteen years. In prison she has spent her time gathering people and planning her revenge. When out she reconnects with the people from prison and cashes in favors. As she finds the man who was the real killer behind the case that made her suffer she tries to find some kind of redemption.

I’m not really into vengeance movies or dramas for that matter, but The Vengeance Trilogy is one of a kind. The movies are so different from the mainstream revenge movies with their plots, characters and their brutality. They have a clear and interesting plot with sickening but good scenes.

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Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is no exception. Geum Ja (Lee Young Ae) transforms first to an angel that helps everyone in order to atone for her sins, and then to a cold-blooded, red-eyed woman driven by her need for vengeance.

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The movie had its own distinctive style with its narration, story and black and white scenes. The movie starts with colors but as the revenge makes progress the colors start fading. In the end were left with only black and white as all the colors have disappeared from Geum Ja’s world.

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This is not my favorite of the three movies in The Vengeance Trilogy but it was good. Geum Ja’s character was a good example of humans. On one hand she is an angel that takes care of people, in the other she is using them all for her own revenge and kills people. She has her own peculiar way of helping other distressed women in prison. She makes their oppressors slip on soup or just feeds them bleach for three years with a smiling face.

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance doesn’t evoke sympathy from its watcher but it is a good psychological thriller to thrill you.

 

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