"Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the final film of the "revenge trilogy" director Park Chan-wook began with 2002’s "Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance" and continued with the 2004 Cannes Grand Prix winner "Oldboy," opens this Friday in Korea (the official Korean site for the film is here). To say the film is highly anticipated is putting it lightly (to put it less lightly, one might say that legions of film geeks are creaming their jeans over it), thought no word yet on US distro, or if any character consumes any live ocean fauna during the course of the production. Plotwise, it follows Lee Geum-ja, a woman falsely accused of kidnapping and murdering a little
boy who, when released from jail, sets out for revenge.
In the Korea Times, Park says that he believes the theme of revenge he’s devoted so many meters of celluloid to is meaningless and that this film sheds new light on the subject:
This film is not only the last installment of my trilogy on
revenge, it is also the conclusion of all three films. I wanted to transcend the inaccurate concept of revenge in which people throw the entire blame on others and think "if I kill them, I
can solve the problem." This film is more about the atonement for sins
and the salvation of the soul.
To link the films, Park has brought back actors from the first two in the trilogy, including the great Choi Min-sik as a villain.