Jul 09 2012
Lady Vengeance: Vengeance Party
We all pretty much know the Korean revenge trilogy is the best trilogy ever made (cue Star Wars trolls in the comments), and the Revenge Trilogy itself is something I will explore much further and more deeply in a forthcoming piece. But for now, I feel obligated to talk about the (epic) revenge scene from Lady Vengeance.
For those who do not know, the Korean Revenge Trilogy are three AMAZING movies all based around the idea of revenge. Obviously. Though each film goes to a distinctly different place, I chose Lady Vengeance for the list because her revenge is just so epic, and it is not just for her. It is for others as well.
It may take a while to get there, but once you do, hold on to your seats.
The idea here is there was this one school teacher, and without me saying too much for those who have not seen it, he did some REALLY bad things to some children over the years and no one knew. Well, one girl knew. And she got into some trouble for him, and did some time for him, and then did some research, and worked out one of the most elaborate revenge plans that had ever been thought of, let alone put to, film.
If you find yourself with the desire to see this film, which everyone should, I have the entire movie posted for you here.
Anyhow, “Lady Vengeance” finds the families of his victims, and brings them to a classroom. She informs them that the man who did that to their children is tied up in the next room. She then lets them know they can go in there, for five minutes each, and do whatever they want, if they so choose. There are also weapons they are given to choose from if they wish.
See, I told you it was both insane and awesome.
And if you think it just turns into a torture porn movie, you could not be less correct. The violence is minimal, but justifiable. It is the impact of the story that resonates.
And truly unlike anything you have ever seen before.
Like I said in the intro, the road you have to walk before you actually need to take revenge is a dark one, and a journey I would wish upon no one.
Taken: Like Shooting Fish in a Barrel
I was taught seven very simple rules as a child, one of those rules is you do not mess with a Liam Nesson. It is just something you don’t do. He is a man of great magic and mystery, and he can be super friendly if you just ask him things politely, but some people can’t help it and they mess with him anyway.
Well, those people learn lessons.
Taught by Professor Liam Neeson, who has a separate P.H.D in kicking ass!
This is all of TAKEN, with any of the non-awesome stuff taken out.
Though this film, with is watered down pg-13 rating, did not make fr a nearly as visceral revenge scene as some of the others on this list, there is no doubt that this list would have been somewhat incomplete without it.
The Princess Bride: Hello, My Name is Inigo Montoya. You Killed My Father. Prepare To Die.
Do I even need to bother typing anything here at all? This particular revenge is just so perfect and so ingrained in the subconscious of most of us cinephiles, that it all I realy need to do is show this pic, and then we can all sit back and smile contently, thinking: mission accomplished. He did what he set out to do, and he did it with panache.
I still think he is one of the coolest characters ever put on film. His swag is off the charts.
Princess Bride is just a wonderful movie, from beginning to end, but the revenge subplot injects some much needed testosterone into the mix, and meshes like magic.
Star Trek 2: Wrath of Kahn. That is what Captain Kirk gets for being a dick and killing that guy from Fantasy Island’s family when he was a kid. Bad guy revenge still counts as revenge.
Kill Bill Saga: I didn’t want to put this because the ending of the movie is in the f*cking title. Not much surprise there.
Gangs Of New York: I know it is a spin on the “You Killed My Father” trope, but man, when Leo and Daniel Day go head to head at the end of this movie, it leaves you breathless.
Office Space: F*ck with a man’s stapler enough and just see what happens? I dare you…
Some men just want to watch the world burn. Literally.
Godfather II: This one is like a magnum opus to revenge in general, there is so much. Such an amazing film.
Amelie: Do you know what “gaslighting” is? It is the act of making someone slowly believe they are going insane by changing small, insignificant things around them every day without their knowledge. I would love to pretend I have never done it, but I have, and the effects are wonderful. Amelie knew this, and used these techniques to gaslight the fruit stand merchant who she saw bullying his disabled employee. She does so in delightfully subtle ways (she changes some of the programmed numbers on his phone to dial 911, she changes the sizes of his shoes to smaller and smaller each day) and it culminates with people around him, and himself, thinking he is nuts. Well played you adorable French woman. Well played.
I asked her to grab me a fork. Manic pixie dream girls are so spontaneous!
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