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Vengeance (2009)

Fuk sau (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 20 May 2009 (France)
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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.

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Credited cast:
Conroy Chi-Chung Chan ...
Fat Lok (voice) (as Conroy Chan)
Chi Ping Chang ...
(as Cheung Chi Ping)
Gwendolyn Chen ...
Mrs. Fung (as Gwendelyn Chen)
Farini Cheung ...
Tony's Wife (as Farini Chang)
Ka-kit Cheung ...
Fung's Bodyguard (as Jeff Cheung)
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Wolf (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Wing-Cheung Cheung ...
Fung's Bodyguard (as Chang Yung Cheung)
Chi-Shing Chiu ...
(as Chiu Chi Shing)
Cho-Kuen Chu ...
(as Chu Cho Kuen)
Alan Chung San Chui ...
Fung's Bodyguard (as Tsui Chung Shun)
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ...
Tony (as Feng Tsui Fan)
Jackson Ha ...
Fung's Bodyguard
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Kawing ...
Python's Wife (as Karen Chan)
Elena Kong ...
Wolf's Wife
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In Macau, a family is attacked by three killers and only the wife survives severely wounded. Her father, the French chef Francis Costello, travels to Macau to visit his daughter in the hospital and steals the photos of his daughter, her husband and two children from the police department to seek revenge against the killers. Costello stumbles with the independent hit-men Kwai, Chu and Fat Lok that are under contract with the mobster George Fung at his hotel and he hires the trio to hunt down the killer of his daughter's family. They locate the killers in Hong Kong and they travel to kill them. But they have a surprise when they discover who ordered to kill the family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Trivia

Alain Delon was originally attached but pulled out due to his dissatisfaction with the script. The producers then suggested Johnny Hallyday, whom Johnnie To had never heard of. See more »

Goofs

In the final confrontation scene when Costello attacks in the Cafe, starts the action in the light of day, it seems at noon or sunset. Then when the bad guy escapes with his guards, appear in an alley, in total darkness, suddenly it got dark. See more »

Quotes

Crow's wife: [about hit men] Those guys... you now them?
Crow: Barely. We met at work.
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References Memento (2000) See more »

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Fans of "Exile" and "The Mission" will know what to expect...
15 December 2009 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

A decade ago, director Johnny To made an impression on many when he released "The Mission". Several years later, he explored similar ideas in "Exiled". Now, in 2009, Johnny To releases another movie and like the former two, it is a story of stoic killers dealing with issues of duty, loyalty, friendship and revenge all wrapped up in violence and tragedy.

To's style is unmistakable and yet reminds you of many high profile directors. There is of course the resemblance to Asian cinema in the vein of Woo. To like many of his contemporaries likes to mix modern, stylish action scenes with the bleakness of Noir films. The fact he is a fan of Jean-Pierre Melville shows big time, especially in Vengeance. I would also say he puts his mark on films as much as Sergio Leone did decades ago.

If you've liked The Mission and Exiled, chances are you will enjoy Vengeance although it is the weakest of the three in execution. Many scenes are reminiscent of the other two (particularly Exiled) and it features many of the actors. I thought the blood splatter effects from gunshots in Exiled were bold and promising. Unfortunately, here they aren't as stylish and clash a bit with the action.

Johnny To likes to concentrate on style. The stories are primal, the characters are archetypes. The Mission had an extremely simple core story, allowing the scenes to flow one after the other. In Exile, the plot was more convoluted while being less interesting. Vengeance is a return to a simpler plot. Unfortunately, it relies on extraordinary coincidences making suspension of disbelief impossible. You just have to enjoy the ride.

A good film but not the director's best.


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