I'm going to try something a bit different for movie franchises or series. I'm going to watch all the movies in said series and then do one summary of all of them. That way, I can watch more movies and have to write less reviews. That makes it significantly easier on me.
The Vengeance Trilogy
Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance (2002)
Lady Vengeance (2005)
These 3 movies were directed by South Korean director Park Chan-wook. For the most part, they're completely unrelated. It's only a thematic trilogy having to do with revenge, violence, salvation and the like.
The first movie, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance definitely didn't gain a huge audience in the US. It didn't even make it in theatres until 3 years after it was released elsewhere and only had a limited number of screenings. The story is about a deaf man that kidnaps a girl to pay for a kidney transplant or she was going to get gradually more sick and then eventually die. The girl accidentally dies after drowning in a lake. The girls father seeks revenge, hence its relation to the theme to go out and kill the man that was responsible for her death. I guess I thought this movie was okay for the most part aside from the bits where not much really happens. The scenes in which fit this description don't really seem to lead up to anything. The blood effects are really cool and the slashing and murdering scenes are really well executed. Had the entire movie been that exciting I suppose I would have liked it more.
The second movie in the trilogy goes by the name of Oldboy. Out of the three, this one is by far my favorite. It's the most famous of the three and instead of the $1,900,000 that the first movie made, it came out to a global gross of $14,980,000. Not the most money in the world but enough. In this one, a man is accused of murdering his wife. He disappears off the face of the earth and is imprisoned in a room for 15 years devolving into various stages of madness. When he's let free he's out to find out who imprisoned him in why in a wild goose chase throughout the city. There are some really great fight scenes, the murder scenes are just as well executed as the last and it has the suspense that was devoid from the previous movie. This one just seemed a whole lot angrier than the last movie.
And last we have Lady Vengeance. The final movie in the trilogy. This one tells the story of a woman who is released from jail after 13 and a half years for taking the fall for a man who murders children. Not only did she go to jail for him but he is both a woman abuser and has murdered the children of many families. All of these families are then given a choice. One of the things that stands out to be in this movie is the usage of clear rain coats. They seem to be the axe murderer's apparel of choice also making an appearance in American Psycho. Weird. I didn't like it quite as much as Oldboy but I liked it more than Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. It toned down much of the brute force fighting for survival sort of thing from Oldboy but cranked up the suspense from the first movie.
Overall it's a great trilogy and I recommend seeing all three which as a side note, have all been released on Blu-Ray by Palisades Tartan. My favorite out of the three is definitely Oldboy.