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Vengeance Unloads at the San Francisco International Film Festival

31 March 2010 9:42 PM, PDT | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

Vengeance is another thriller which will highlight the San Francisco International Film Festival. Showing April 27th, Vengeance is set in the dark underworld of Hong Kong, China. The film also involves revenge after a French chef loses his daughter's family to a violent attack (IMDb). These early shots are very violent, so fans need to take a look at the trailer for this latest Johnnie Toe production.

A synopsis for Vengeance here:

"A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong, during which her husband and her two children are murdered. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia" (IMDb).

Release Date: April 27th (Limited Release, already available on Blu-Ray).

Director: Johnnie To.

Writer: Ka-Fai Wai.

Cast: Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ka Tung Lam, Suet Lam, Simon Yam, Siu-Fai Cheung, Felix Wong, Ting Yip Ng, »

- Michael Ross Allen

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Vengeance (2009) Movie Review

24 January 2010 11:02 AM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

With Hong Kong director Johnnie To having long been admired as an auteur by French film critics, his desired collaboration with European talent has been a much mooted and anticipated possibility. Finally, it arrives in the form of “Vengeance”, which sees To teaming with legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday for a thriller written by Milkyway regular Wai Ka Fai. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the film is heavily reminiscent of two of the director’s signature works, namely “The Mission” and “Exiled”, not least since its cast includes the likes of Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Gordon Lam and Simon Yam, with support from other familiar faces including Michelle Yip, Eddie Cheung, Maggie Shiu, Felix Wong, Berg Ng, and Stanley Fung. Despite underwhelming some critics, the film played in competition at Cannes 2009, with To being nominated for the prestigious Golden Palm Award. All things considered, the narrative is pretty much standard fare for To and Wai Ka Fai, »

- James Mudge

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