Sympathy for Lady Vengeance ★★★★

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is another testament to Park Chan-wook’s immense talent as a storyteller and director. Aesthetically, it looks quite gorgeous and you can definitely expect seeing some macabre surrealism as well as dreamy sequences which have a very smooth transition with what’s actually happening. I also loved how the seemingly straightforward premise turns out to have several interesting ramifications and even a very spiritual approach at times. The director doesn’t show strong graphic violence for gratuitous reasons. Beneath all the brutality there lies genuine emotions from everyone affected by these horrifying acts. All of that wouldn’t have worked if it weren’t for the excellent performances from the cast, particularly Yeong-ae Lee as the protagonist who manages to effortlessly balance an ethereal exterior with a thirst for revenge.

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