Is it wrong like Lady Vengeance? I have to admit it’s one of my guilty pleasures. I sense in Lady V a slightly cocky director consciously aiming his work at an international audience for the first time, after the success of Oldboy. After all, Koreans don’t need to have it explained that prisoners might want to eat tofu on their release. Foreigners do.
Full of outrageous humour and the usual enticing visuals, this is one not to be missed. Part of the Choi Min-sik season at the KCC, but of course the star of the show is Lee Young-ae.
As usual, booking for the screening on 29 August is essential, via the KCC website. But I won’t be there as it’s my wedding anniversary. And you don’t want to make a lady angry.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance (친절한 금자씨)
Director: PARK Chan-wook (2005)
Running Time: 112 mins
Screening Date: 7pm, 29 August 2013
A young school girl, Lee Geum-ja, becomes involved in an unhealthy relationship with her school teacher who convinces her to help kidnap a child. When the boy is discovered dead Geum-ja is caught and convicted of murder.
Through the years of prison, Geum-ja becomes known for her angelic and good natured qualities, helping her fellow convicts and, seemingly, becoming a born again Christian. Upon her release, Geum-ja’s true intentions emerge, to track down and brutally murder the man who framed her.