For the third time, we are asked to sympathize with a resentful protagonist. Similar in tone to the two previous films, this concludes "The Vengeance Trilogy", a collection that exposes the paradoxes of justice, revenge, and makes you live through the grey zones of personal values, though, like its predecessors, it is mostly focused on story and deliberately doesn't evoke emotions exactly right.
Artsy and surreal, Sympathy for Lady Vengeance conveys a unique ambiance. It is somewhat a poem, a symphony and a painting, all at once. It doesn't have the gimmick Oldboy, second film in the franchise, had in its deck, and pulls a story rather in tune with Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance. The film is its usual shocking self; something initiated by the previous films and the source material, a manga.
None of the past actors return. This is a new storyline themed with vengeance and irony. Sympathy for Lady Vengeance stands out because the lead actress is not exactly a good girl and exacted revenge isn't the stuff on angels. Wear, once more, the shoes of a potential villain with a cool design and see how an aggressor thinks, acts and justifies itself when guilt and remorse call for cleansing.