Film: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance
"Ma'am, there is no such thing as a 'perfect person'..."
— Mr. Baek
The third film of Park Chan Wook
's Vengeance Trilogy
, released in Korea under the title of 친절한 금자씨; Kind-hearted Geum-ja.
This film's plot has parallels to both Oldboy
and Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance
, notably the quest for revenge
after more than a decade in confinement and the study of how vengeance can turn simple people into monsters. It is, however, very stylistically different from both installments.
Lee Geum-ja, a 19-year-old girl paying the price of some bad decisions, is blackmailed into falsely confessing
to the murder of a child. After 14 years in prison, she emerges a cold, vengeance-driven woman, dropping the kind, gentle facade that had won her the friendship and loyalty of the other female prisoners.
Using her connections formed in prison, Geum-ja sets into motion a plan 14 years in the making. Her goal is to punish Mr. Baek, the real murderer; however, even revenge
may not be enough for Geum-ja to find redemption.
This film provides examples of: