Sympathy for Lady Vengeance breaks Korean box-office records
31st Jul 05
Chan-wook Park has had a succesful opening day for his latest and last film in his revenge trilogy. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance attracted 250,000 movie-goers (from 370 cinemas) on its opening day, setting a record for films released this year in Korea.
Part of the reason for the success is down to the fact that the film stars top actress Lee Young-ae, but part of the reason is because Chan Wook-Park is fast emerging is one of the top Korean directors (and there are quite a few of them now!) and this final part of his revenge trilogy is simply a must-see for all fans of his previous two, Old Boy and Sympathy for My Vengeance.
Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the story of a woman, Lee Geum-Ja, who goes to prison for the murder and abduction of a child on behalf of her accomplice Mr. Baek, but whilst there she discovers she has been betrayed. When she is released 13 years later, she tries to take revenge on Baek with the help of her fellow inmates.
The film has also been invited to compete at this year's Venice Film Festival. This is the third time for Park to be invited to one of the world's three major festivals, following Joint Security Area (JSA) to the Berlin Film Festival in 2001 and Old Boy to the Cannes Film Festival last year.
Outside of Korea, only France has so far announced a release date - 21st September.
To view a couple of clips from the film, visit www.kfccinema.com/. Warning; may contain spoilers.