Lady Vengeance

August 2018
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Director: Park Chan-wook


2005, South Korea, 115 Minutes, Rated R

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Co-Presented by the Korean Cultural Center DC


After being wrongfully convicted of kidnapping and murdering a young child, a beautiful young woman (Lee Young-ae) is imprisoned for 13 years and forced to give up her own daughter. While in prison she gains the respect and loyalty of her fellow cellmates, all the while plotting her vendetta on the man responsible (Choi Min-Sik). Upon her release she sets in motion an elaborate plan of retribution, but what she discovers is a truth so horrifying, even revenge doesn’t seem punishment enough.


“A wildly inventive, highly cinematic director’s showcase.” — Derek Elley, Variety

“A film with the capacity to both sicken and delight, a dark thriller with an obsessive, shocking story, shot in gorgeous images that heighten the gruesomeness and horror of what they reveal.” — Michael Wilmington, Chicago Tribune

“For once Park has stopped smirking long enough to consider the practical point of violence in a way that’s pertinent to his own gruesome cinematic pursuits.” — Wesley Morris, The Boston Globe


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