Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Sympathy for Lady Vengeance OST

Yeong-wook Jo's theme is based around Vivaldi's "Ah ch'infelice sempre," which you can listen to here, and sticking with this, the score is heavily baroque influenced. Several tracks are adapted from Vivaldi concertos, and set into the context of the entire frantic, swirling, delicate score, the darkness and tragedy of the movie is perfectly conveyed. The only off-track will be based on personal taste, and that's if you don't like creepy little kids, which track 12 features. Also adapted into the score is a fabulous, typically disgustingly virtuoustic Paganini Caprice, as if we all had crazy weird syndrome fingers. You can watch Jascha Heifetz play the original track here. Check out the mad left hand pizzacato around 3:50.

If you haven't seen the film yet, I certainly recommend it. Lady Vengeance is the third of Park Chan-Wook's Vengeance Trilogy, and I am sorry to say I'm still working on getting a moment to sit down and watch Oldboy, which is purported to be the best of the three. Lady Vengeance follows the main character as she leaves prison and takes her revenge on those who sent her there. Sounds like a predictable plot, but the movie takes a peculiar turn at the end when our protagonist, Lee Geum-ja, discovers that the man she has been following is more than he seems, and she begins to involve others who have been hurt by him in her plot. The film is beautifully shot, which made watching it on Youtube frustrating, so I'd definitely recommend grabbing a good quality version to experience the colors and movements and scenes that make this lush, visually exciting film. You can check out the trailer here.

3 comments:

ken said...

all three of the films are very good, and the music is a very important part of the experience...and you CAN'T watch movies like this on the YouTube, it ruins them...

Jim said...

Thanks for this, the movies are indeed great.

I've got the Oldboy soundtrack kicking around somewhere too, if you want it give me a holler.

Liolia said...

thank you so much for the soundtrack! I adore this movie, and I've been looking for this soundtrack for a very long time (L)

 

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