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Japanese military policeman Jang Jun-cheol kills Mi-ryeong\'s father and her beloved husband. For revenge, she returns from Hong Kong in 20 years. Just then, detective Yeong-gu has been chasing Jang Jun-cheol who is suspected of drug traffic. At last, Jang Jun-cheol is killed by Mi-ryeong. Yeong-gu arrests Mi-ryeong for murder but soon finds out that she is his sister who he has been looking for.
Madame Jang is a ‘stylish woman returning home from Hong Kong’. That is how Yeonsil, a private tutor, describes Madame Jang to Youngcheol, her boyfriend. Madame Jang is a glamorous, female president from a foreign land, Hong Kong whose thoughts cannot be read, and at the same time, is a daughter as well as a wife who aims to take revenge on Jooncheol for killing her father and her husband. Miryung’s body is utilized in a way quite familiar to crime films during the course of revenge. She becomes a masked robber, and does not turn down rough, physical fights. The scene of a woman fighting men with knife and gun in this film, which has a good mixture of elements from both action films and crime films, delicately offers an exhilarating feeling peculiar to this genre. The scene of Miryung pursuing Jooncheol on a red advertisement balloon even evokes feeling of mysteriousness. However, the film’s shinpa melodramatic style of storytelling, popular in Korea from the 1910s to 40s, in which characters are tangled as family members, cannot sustain this cinematic exhilaration. Madame Jang’s revenge, which powers this action film, is that of a classic female; and after taking her revenge, she ends up returning to her original position. She is Madame Jang, the female warrior, only during the course of revenge. What remains intact in between Madame Jang and Miryung are the contradictions arising from the act of becoming a female warrior from Hong Kong encountered by a Korean woman of the past, whose primary role was someone’s mother and someone’s sister. (KIM Nahyun)
SHIN Kyeong-gyunSHIN Kyeong-gyun
Born in 1912 in Seonsan, Gyeongsangbuk-do. He moved to Japan in 1930 and studied filmmaking in Kyoto. His directorial debut Straits of Pure Heart (1937) was followed by A New Oath (1947) and The Son of the Earth (1949). He worked most profusely between 1957 and 1960, making such films as A Brier Flower (1957), Affection (1959), and Your Voice (1960). He passed away on April 22nd 1981.