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THE MANY FACES OF VENGEANCE
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written by MOkum December 5, 2007 - 6:33 PM PST
A very entertaining film that covers alot of ground and alot of intermingling characters in a visually impressive way but feels rushed or glossed over. The plot jumps back and forth in time and there is a lack of clarity to the action leaving important scenes behind in the feverishly quick pacing of the film... Contains some very memorable scenes but is overall lacking in solid structure. Lee Yeong-ae is the best part of the film in a very strong and forceful performance that reigns in the rest of the players helping to concentrating the many story threads on her struggle to exact revenge on the man who sent her to prison...
Oldboy is a better film. But this is a very worthy companion piece.

More--maybe the best--"Vengeance"
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written by talltale September 26, 2006 - 3:25 PM PDT
8 out of 8 members found this review helpful
Chan-Wook Park's SYMPATHY FOR LADY VENGEANCE (or simply "Lady Vengeance," as it now appears to be called) is the capper to his phenomenal "Vengeance" trilogy, and it's a fine close to what I believe may become one of the time-tested wonders of cinema. Of the three films in the trilogy (including "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and "Old Boy") this one offers the least blood and guts, although its subject turns out to be the most depressing. Women figure much more prominently here than in any other Park film I've seen (including "Joint Security Area") and for the first half they remain a source of delicious--if somewhat grizzly--fun.

But as the film progresses it turns darker and then opens out into Park's signature: widening the viewer's vision via a combination of artful style, content and viewpoint. The gallery of parent/parental figures that populate the film toward its conclusion includes such an amazing range of faces that this alone is worth the entire film. Watching the work of this director, it's best to have little foreknowledge so you can sit quietly and take in everything, moment by moment. And there is so very much here to digest. Park allows you to revel in the art, feel the exceedingly strong emotions and then think about all you've seen. The movie experience doesn't get much richer.

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