Chan-wook Park is a director who makes violent morality plays, which combine pitch black humor with intelligent commentary on the human condition along with startling twists and turns. His films push the boundaries of cinema. His work may not be for everyone, but those more adventurous will find originality in scores in his pictures.
Geum-ja Lee (Yeong-ae Lee, JOINT SECURITY AREA) has just been released after serving 13 years in prison for the kidnapping and murder of a young boy. For that time, she has been developing a complex plan of vengeance, recruiting many of her fellow inmates to help her. She skillfully presents herself as a kind-hearted woman, but that's just a front. She is looking for revenge. Part of the joy of the film is its surprises so I will not reveal too much more outside the fact that nothing is as it seems. The other important characters include: substitute teacher Mr. Baek (Min-sik Choi, OLDBOY), young adopted girl Jenny (Yea-young Kwon, film debut), police detective Choi (Il-woo Nam), baker Mr. Chang (Oh Dal-su, OLDBOY), teenage bakery worker Geun-shik (Kim Si-hu) and fellow inmate Park Yi-jeong (Lee Seung-shin, OLDBOY).