Lady Vengeance

DVD Rating: **

Reviewed by: Paul Griffiths

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Lady Vengeance

The original theatrical trailer is what it is, brief and stylish, whilst careful not to reveal the juiciest cuts from the story.

The Asia Extreme trailer reel contains more youthful murder and mayhem with Battle Royale 2, stylish gangster violence in A Bittersweet Life and good versus bad again in Kang Woo-Seok's Another Public Enemy 2.

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The director interview is informative and illuminating. Park Chang-wook discusses the work in some depth, touching on the concept of revenge (of course!), the look and style of the film and his decision to have a female protagonist. Interestingly, he makes explicit how some scenes - mostly the disturbing ones - make reference to contemporary events that were well covered in the Korean media. It provides some insight into how another extreme story, in many ways outlandishly so, finds realistic resonance in its audiences.

The feature lasts for about 42 minutes, although this is entirely misleading, as half the time is taken up by waiting for Chang-wook's translator to give us his pearls of wisdom in English. Double the questions, using subtitles for his answers, would have given us an even more comprehensive exposition.

Disappointingly light for such a popular and deliberately busy film.

Reviewed on: 26 May 2006
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Revenge is ugly and intricately planned in South Korea. Now out to own as part of the Vengeance Trilogy box set.
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Product Code: TVD3671

Region: 2

Ratio: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Wide Screen

Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround/DTS 5.1 Surround

Extras: Director interview; trailer; Asia Extreme trailer reel

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