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“Sympathy” in Korea.

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Lee Yeong-ae"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.

The Korea Times and Digital Chosunilbo both have profiles of Lee Yeong-ae, the film’s star, who also appeared in Park’s "Joint Security Area."

+ ‘Lady Vengeance’ Director Looks for Atonement (Korea Times)

+ ‘Taejanggum’ Star Gets Vengeful
(Korea Times)
+ She May Not Look Like a Killer… (Digital Chosunilbo)

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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