Preview by: Jack Foley
GIVEN the widespread critical acclaim that surrounded Park Chan-Wook's
Oldboy, it's fair to say that his
latest, Sympathy For Lady Vengeance, is keenly anticipated.
The film represents the final part of the trilogy that began
with Sympathy For Mr Vengeance in 2002.
It follows a High School student, played by Lee Yeong-ae, who
goes to jail to save her teacher only to discover that she has,
in fact, been betrayed.
Given that revenge is a dish best served cold, she emerges from
prison some 13 years later determined to exact some retribution.
In an interview with Total Film magazine
recently, Chan-Wook said that the film begins cool and ends hot
and won't be holding back on the violence despite being less brutal
Indeed, true to form, the innovative director said that the harshness
of the violence in Oldboy had turned his soul into a barren land;
so the violence in Sympathy For Lady Vengeance is much more 'delicate'
and more of a 'classy hatred'-driven thing.
"Lady is revenge as redemption, vengeance carried out by
a person who seeks to save her soul," he continued in the
interview with the magazine.
Sound good? Advance word suggests its another epic revenge flick
to rival the best of the director's own back catalogue, as well
as the likes of Tarantino and his ilk.
It has just been released in Korea and should follow into UK
cinemas either later this year or early next.