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May 01, 2006

LADY VENGEANCE

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ColeSmithey.comSouth Korean director Park Chanwook wraps up his laborious revenge trilogy (preceded by "Oldboy" and "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance") with a feminist avenger played by Lee Young-ae.

Park Chanwook works his Grand Guignol sense of humor against Korean social conditions to effect a call-and-response logic to the metaphoric and literal things that happen onscreen.

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Geum-ja (Young-ae) is released after a 13-year prison sentence for a kidnapping and murder committed by her former teacher.

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Besides reuniting with her own daughter Geum-ja goes on a revenge spree that necessarily involves reaching out a communal hand to a group of victims in need of their own sense of requital.

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"Lady Vengeance" is not a good date movie, and that's a cool thing.

Rated R. 111 mins.

3 Stars

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