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½ December 1, 2018
The 3rd movie in The Vengeance Trilogy. Not as good as the others, but still a very nice movie. This movie couldn't get me as emotionally invested as the other two, hence the lower score. You really had to pay attention in this one, as pieces were slowly revealed, which made little sense at the time, and only came together when Act 3 began. Its a cool story about revenge.
March 17, 2018
This is the greatest movie that has ever been forged!!!
I should've killed myself after I watched it because no better movie could possibly be made.
March 8, 2018
It strikes me as a bad rip off of Murder on the Orient Express.
December 7, 2017
Was pretty stoked to watch this as I really enjoyed the first 2 in the series, and Filmstruck made it seem like this would be the best of them all. It wasn't. It had some interesting visual moments and overall good acting, but the plot was insufferable by 30 minutes in. I forced myself to watch it just to complete the series, but I really wish I hadn't. The climax and conclusion were just... not good. Do yourself a favor and rewatch one of the others if you must.
October 8, 2017
I enjoyed it because of the theme and the general feel of the movie. It was dark and it made you feel hollow. It was entertaining to watch. It wasn't the best movie I'd ever seen but it felt unique compared to many other movies. The directors style is very noticable.
½ September 6, 2017
Full of secondary meanings and symbols, flashy, stylish and gruesome, not as amazing as Oldboy but a very fitting ending to the Vengeance Trilogy.
July 24, 2017
Park Chan-Wook plays with his audience like he's slowly pulling the legs of an insect. Everyone thinks it's nasty and horrifying but can't help but watch. He pulls a leg off one by one watching this insect squirm and try run. He has ripped apart every leg and the insect just sits, waiting for inevitable strike that will put it out of its misery, yet Wook-Park doesn't do anything. He just sits, quietly and makes his audience look at the insect struggle for life, it's only when his audience gets closer he smashes his hand down upon the insect obliterating it, and he walks out the room, laughing until he's distant. His audience can't move, they look at the remains, stand and stare. Tears in their eyes, jaws dropped.
½ April 12, 2017
Whilst this film doesn't quite scale the same heights as Oldboy, it does have its own uncompromising style, and is a fitting end to a solid trilogy. It is a definite improvement on Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, with a whole host of likeable and well-crafted characters, an action-packed and engaging plot with a great feminist twist, along with Chan-Wook's signature lush visuals.

The film plays out at a blistering pace. Lee Geum-ja has spent 13 years in prison - continuing Oldboy's theme of incarceration, with Choi Min-Sik even appearing in this film - for a crime she did not commit. Her plan to get revenge is to play an angelic figure in her prison life, using her famous good looks and kindness - which earnt her the title 'Kind-Hearted Geum-Ja' -, as well as her ingenuity to get out of prison early. Once out, she then aims to exact her revenge on Mr. Baek, played by Min-Sik, who prayed on her childish vulnerability to make her confess to a murder he committed. The film is sleek and suave, with style and finesse to spare. Importantly, it treats its characters with respect, showing montages displaying the allies Geum-ja made in prison, along with their unique character traits and personalities. It goes for a less serious, bleak tone, instead opting for playfulness, at least until the finale. At last, we get a film in this trilogy with levity! The humour may still be dark, but this is in a more Tarantino-esque manner.

My only real issue with this film is the ending. Mr. Baek kidnapped children for ransom and then killed them, and their parents are brought together by Lee Geum-ja, as she wants to be morally cleansed after failing to stop the crimes of Baek. They decide to all torture and eventually murder Baek, who they now ironically have hostage - this continual shifting of power recurs throughout the trilogy -, instead of turning him over to a justice system that they see as being too lenient on such an evil man. This should be an incredibly fast-paced, erratic and cathartic scene, one which allows the parents to let out their pent up emotions. This would have been more in keeping with the film's pacing and playfulness. However, instead we get a slow and tense sequence. This is effective in its own way, as it feels real and visceral. However, it isn't quite in keeping with the film's tone or a satisfying enough revenge, as Baek was such a cruel, heartless character. It isn't the ending this film needed or deserved, and left me feeling slightly disappointed and frustrated.

This film is entertaining, funny, tense, and sad all at once, and is wholly original. The use of girl power also makes a nice change in a trilogy where men had previously been the dominant figures. It doesn't evoke quite the same levels of raw emotion as Oldboy, but does not taint Chan-Wook's overall vision. It is a worthy end to a trilogy which whilst good, is not overall quite the cinematic landmark it's made out to be. It is however, still well worth a watch. Chan-Wook is a talent who will be around for a while, and there's still something worthwhile in his lesser efforts.
½ March 13, 2017
My sympathy for everyone who liked this film.
January 11, 2017
An easy watching movie, with a brilliant outcome. Lee Young-ae make it even greater.
½ January 5, 2017
Korean film week continues. The Only one of Park's 'Vengeance Trilogy' I'd not seen and it's my favourite by a long way. The final act is as poignantly satisfying as any I've seen for some time. Amazing.
½ December 27, 2016
Felt like the climax hit at the half way point and the rest of the film felt like a slow deflation. Cool character though with the eyeshadow and jacket.
September 29, 2016
Beautifully shot alongside an exquisite score.
September 25, 2016
A must see, but is not for everyone
½ September 14, 2016
If Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance was for Boys, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is for girls. A Korean Kill Bill will always wear high heels. It starts as fun characters' introductions an ends with a black and white performance. I loved all the main guys in the Vengeance trilogy was present, tho the only thing that lacked Park Chan Wook in this final installment was the twists and turns to make it storywise.
½ August 5, 2016
Not very solid, but emotional and interesting.
July 5, 2016

Chan-Wook Park should probably know by now that what keeps a movie interesting can go much further than just the setting or the querkiness of its first half, but as the movie progresses everything makes much more sense and it is easier to actually give a crap about a revenge story that takes a while to actually know why the desire exists in the first place.
May 25, 2016
Le cinéma cinéma sud-coréen n'as plus grand chose à envier à celui d'Hollywood tant on y retrouve des oeuvres de qualités et Sympathy for Lady Vengeance est tout simplement excellent. Par le réalisateur d'Old Boy (la version originale) ce film est aussi brutal que fantastique avec une solide performance de l'actrice principale Lee Young-ae
February 26, 2016
Beutifully edited, nicely expressed movie. But there are too much jokes in the movie that I don't like. The colors are the very motives to get the movie on.
½ February 23, 2016
Perhaps the strongest and most beautiful movie from the revenge trilogy. Acting, storytelling and directing, everything is superb.
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