Saw Lady Vengeance On Sunday. It’s the final film of a trilogy of seprate films linked only by a common theme of vengeance. I’ve previously seen Oldboy on DVD, and I was very impressed. Lady Vengeance is quite different. Longer, more complicated, and much less violent. It also has a degree of symbolism, which I-did-not-quite-get, that is absent in the 2nd film It’s quite an impressive film, and the impressions you get from the film are not instantaneous. I dwelt on the film for quite a while, and feel quite different about it now,, rathern than when i left teh cinema. It’s the type of film that needs repeated viewing to get the most from it I feel. Unlike Western films of this genre, ther are no cliches. Unlike say Kill Bill, which seemed to glorify in it’s cliched stereotypes (not a criticism), this film does not. The characters do not do what they are expected, nor react to events in the way that would be expected. For example the lead does have various degrees of justifiable provocation and reason to behave the way she does. Except it seems that she does not use these as reasons to do what she does, making you empathise with her less.
I would strongly recommend a viewing. If you’ve not seen either of the other two, then don;t worry. You do get the feeling that this is the final film, as it leaves a definite ending to the question that vengeance is not a wise path to take. Oldboy does the same, although the person taking vengeance is not the person you expect.