Chinjeolhan Geumjassi (Sympathy For Lady Vengeance )


A Park Chan Wook Film

Lee Young Ae

Choi Min Sik

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance

They say she's a real live angel

Everyone in there calls her

"Kind-hearted" Geum-ja

One, two, three, four!

My path is ridden with...

...high walls and deep pitfalls

Who will aid me across these

dark obstacles?

The Lord's breath lifts me over

these walls

The Lord's hands bridge my steps

safely over these pitfalls

...safely over these pitfalls

What about the winter clothes I sent you?

It's been hard, hasn't it?

I'm so proud of you

Won-mo and I were playing marbles

here that day, and I lost

Won-mo won the biggest marble

Then he ran off to go home

The investigating authorities...

...confirmed the details with a woman

who confessed to the crime

Lee Geum-ja was first introduced to

the public... the criminal who abducted and

killed Park Won-mo, a little boy...

She was nineteen at the time

The whole nation was shocked

by her youth, her ruthless methods...

...and by her unabashed naivety

My state of mind...

This is where the alleged perpetrator

had confined young Park Won-mo

She claims she only wanted to stop

his crying with a pillow...

But what shocked us more were her

beautiful looks

Clamouring tabloids compared her to

Olivia Hussey...

A tactless director announced plans for

a Lee Geum-ja movie...

...creating a backlash from the press

That fall, polka-dot dresses became

the trend

I saw you on TV

Behind that wicked witch's face of yours

I saw the presence of an angel

An angel... Could that be true?

Do you really think an angel resides

in me?

If so, where was that angel...

...when I was committing such an

evil act?

I always wondered about this

after hearing what the preacher said

And then, I realized...

...that the angel inside me only reveals

itself when I invoke it

Where are you? Please, come out

I'm right here

This act of invoking an angel...

This is what we call prayer

Actually, prison is an ideal place to

learn to pray


...we know that we are all sinners

in here

Thank you

Testimonials of Faith Day for Inmates

It's tradition to eat tofu on release... that you'll live white and never

sin again

Why don't you go screw yourself?

Lee Geum-ja Time served 1991-2004

Kim Yang-hee Time served 1998-2002

Meet your new cellmate

I'm Kim Yang-hee. I got 5 years

They said there was someone at

Kyoungju Women's Prison...

...whose face would shine

You were a whore, weren't you?

I heard her nickname was "the Witch"

Come on in

You don't usually wear ties

It's mandatory here

We have lots of VIPs visiting

Sh*t, it's too tight. Loosen it up a bit

He was my pimp

It felt so good when I was strangling him

- I should've killed myself instead

- Then, die

And be born again. Over and over

if you need to

Prayer is like a scrubbing towel

Scrub off all your sins

Then your skin will become as new as

a baby's ass. Right?

Geum-ja taught me how to lament

my past lives

It's a little noisy, being under the stairs...

But this place brings good luck

Look at me. Three years of giving

unlicensed haircuts...

And now I have a real shop of my own

So set your hopes high

These were mine, but they'll have to do

for now

You know I wanted to get you better

things, right?

Don't you have any high heels?

You never really loved me, did you?

You were just pretending, right?

You've changed a lot

You used to be so sweet...

...and talk so kindly

Are you starting the plan already?

'No. The plan was already started Geum-ja murmured to herself


What is it you want from us?

Please forgive me. Please...

She was going to beg Won-mo's

parents until she had no fingers left

This is 802/9 Han Apartments...

We've had a finger cut off here!

Every penny Geum-ja earned from

labouring in prison...

...had to go to pay for her

finger operation

Then 6 days later...

Naruse Bakery

For now, just work till noon

The dawn hours are tough for me with

my low blood pressure

Geun-shik, say hello

I told you about Lee Geum-ja, right?


I told you she was pretty

Can I call you elder sister?

Just call me Geum-ja

Lee Geum-ja...

When she first came, she cried

non-stop, like a newborn baby

Man, it was so depressing

Damn b*tch!

It brings bad luck. Stop crying!

As a man once taught her, whenever

she was having a hard time...

She'd bend over and take five

deep breaths

Woo So-young Time served 1990~1996

What are you looking at?

You damn b*tches!

Down on the floor and keep your damn

hands up!

I felt like I was dying because I couldn't

be with my love...

Turned out I was suffering from chronic

kidney failure

But it felt like I was dying anyway

Then this b*tch suddenly says she'll

give me one of her kidneys

It's not as if a kidney's a bit of fluff you

give away so easily

Damn b*tch

It brings me bad luck. Stop crying!

Honey, Geum-ja's here

You've sure changed a lot

You heard my wife - stay down!

That's when I realized I'm married

to a goddess

With this man by my side

I was never afraid. Right, honey?

Yeah, but we couldn't go in together

They should have couples prisons

But then that would be paradise, not jail

I don't know how to thank you

Honey, Geum-ja is readying a

magnificent plan

You can help her, right?

The Way of Dhamma

Where did you get this? It's real old

Comrade Geum-ja, it's no use

- Go save yourself

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