The acting, the writing, the plot….I don’t know what it is, but after watching “Oldboy” and “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance”, I’m thinking it has a lot to do with the guy who put it all together. As one review went on IMDB, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance or in Korean/Hangul, “Chinjeolhan geumjassi” had “an extremely and intelligent plot, and visually stunning cinematography.” You can find the review here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0451094/
The movie isn’t for the faint hearted … let me warn you. There’s a bit of blood in the flick and many scenes that may gross you out, but like the reviewer said above, she doesn’t usually like this genre typically, but gave it one of her best reviews. I got the movie cheap at Homeplus for like 3000 won (about $3 US) and another VCD which turned out to be in Japanese with Korean subtitles…which didn’t help me appreciate that one too much. I picked this one up remembering it may be another one of Park’s movies.
Oldboy is very similar, if not better … they are both worth watching. Park was a student of Philosophy at Korea’s Sogang University in Seoul. He said, “In our lives, we have good things and bad things, happiness and pain. Life is full of pain and happiness and that’s what I wanted to show.”