Movie of the Month


Film Title: Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

Event No : 30
Date of Screening : 14-March-2015
Venue and Time : Hotel Savera 10 am

Nalan Kumarasamy

Park Chan-wook



Sympathy for Lady Vengeance is the story of Lee Guem-ja, who is wrongly convicted for the murder of a 6 year old boy and is sentenced to 13 years of imprisonment. After her release, she reunites with her daughter and with the help of her fellow inmates she seeks revenge against the real killer. Does she achieve the redemption she seeks ?

Language: Korean
Running Time: 115 min
Release Date: July 29, 2005
Directed by: Park Chan-wook
Produced by: Jo Yeong-wook, Lee Tae-hun
Written by: Jeong Seo-kyeong, Park Chan-wook
Lee Young-ae, Choi Min-sik, Kim Shi-hoo, Kwon Yea-young
Music by: Jo Yeong-wook, Choi Seung-hyun
Shot by: Chung Chung-hoon
Edited by: Kim Jae-beom, Kim Sang-beom

About the Film

This movie is the final installment of Park's Vengeance Triology having Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002) and Old Boy (2003) as its predecessors. Its a story about a woman who is convicted for a crime she did not commit and how she redeems herself.

There is another version of the film called as "Fade to Black and White" which begins in full color and as the story progresses the color gradually fades until its black and white in the end.


  1. The bakery that Geumja works in is called "Naruse", which is the name of the Japanese director Mikio Naruse.
  2. The snow at the ending is not real. They brought two trucks of salt, scattered it all over the street and finally adjusted the scene using computer graphics.
  3. The two hired assassins are played by Ha-kyun Shin and Kang-ho Song who played the two main protagonists of Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)


  1. Best Director at Bangkok International Film Festival, 2006
  2. Best Actress at Cinemanila International Film Festival, 2006
  3. Audience award for Best in World Cinema at Sarasota Film Festival, 2006
  4. Best film in competition at Venice Film Festival, 2005
  5. Little Golden Lion award at Venice Film Festival, 2005
  6. Best Film at Blue Dragon Awards, 2005
  7. Best Actress at Blue Dragon Awards, 2005

About the Director

Park Chan-wook is a South Korean film director whose movies are noted for intense central performances, black humor, extreme violence and near-perfect framing.

Originally intended to be a film critic, he decided to become a film-maker after seeing Vertigo. His early movies failed to make a mark, but his third venture as director "Joint Secutiry Area" brought him to limelight. It was both a commercial and a critical success.

His Vengeance Triology did not have a narrative connect yet were clubbed as a trilogy due their thematic link around Slavation, SIn, Vengeance and Redemption.


About the Guest

A film-buff & an Engineering graduate, Arul, who was into event management and real estate chanced upon the ad for an interestingly named contest called, ‘Nalaya Iyakkunar’ which welcomed short-filmmakers. However, in accordance with Murphy’s Law, he saw it very close to the deadline date for submission. But creative people do not shy away from challenges as petty as deadlines. They churn out the maximum possible with the given resources. And thus was born a meta-short called, “Oru Padam Edukkanum” which was about a guy’s tryst to make a short film within a deadline. The film was selected; Arul metamorphosed into Nalan and a filmmaker was born.

Seven more short films and a ‘Nalaya Iyakkunar’ title later, countless YouTube subscribers, multiple Facebook friend requests followed. But what next? Being an ardent fan of Guy Ritchie’s films and filmmaking style, Nalan wanted to make a gangster flick. But on a friend’s advice he took the kidnap knot from his short film ‘Enna Nadanthathu Na’ and used it in his one liner, “How a minister’s son who is a criminal becomes a minister”. Thus ‘Soodhu Kavvum’ was born. Success & adulation followed and the rest as they say is history.

Not many know that the character Arumai Prakasam had traces of himself as he used to frequent the ‘Tea Kadai’ in front of his college, ‘Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering’. A lover of Thai food and an excellent dancer, Nalan first and best critic is his mom who loves reading film scripts and is an expert at picking the right one. In fact, the director of the acclaimed ‘Sathuranga Vettai’, credits both Nalan and his mom for inspiring him with their words after reading his script.

Nalan is looking forward to touching all genres in his journey as a filmmaker. It would be interesting to hear his thoughts on this Korean thriller, “Sympathy for Lady Vengeance”.

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