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Vengeance -- 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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Writer:
Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay)
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Release Date:
20 May 2009 (France) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Where are the older film leads in Hollywood?
 (From The Guardian - Film News. 31 December 2009, 2:30 PM, PST)

Todd's Top And Bottom of 2009, Plus Directors To Watch For!
 (From Twitch. 31 December 2009, 7:12 AM, PST)

Vengeance (2009) Movie Review
 (From Beyond Hollywood. 22 December 2009, 10:28 AM, PST)

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You can't say they didn't nail the title. See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Johnny Hallyday ... Costello

Sylvie Testud ... Irene Thompson

Anthony Wong Chau-Sang ... Kwai
Ka Tung Lam ... Chu
Suet Lam ... Fat Lok

Simon Yam ... George Fung
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wolf
Felix Wong ... Python
Ting Yip Ng ... Crow
Maggie Siu ... Madam Wong
Vincent Sze ... Mr. Thompson
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Conroy Chan Chi-Chung ... Fat Lok (voice: English version)
Kim-Fai Che
Gwendolyn Chen ... Mrs. Fung
Chi Ping Cheung
Farini Cheung ... Tony's wife
Wing-Cheung Cheung
Chi Shung Chu
Cho-kuen Chu
Alan Chui Chung San ... Fung's bodyguard
Shui-Fan Fung ... Tony
Kawing ... Python's wife (as Karen Chan)
Yiu Man Kee
Elena Kong ... Wolf's wife
Jo Kuk ... Crow's wife
Florence Kwok ... Madam Wong (voice: English version)
Jack Lai
Wai Lam ... Bodyguard having affair with Fung's wife
Wing-cheong Law ... Old Five
Sing Hong Leung
Haitao Li
Hau Keung Lo
Ching Ting Lu
Chi Wai Wong ... Killer
Wah Wo Wong ... Taxi Driver
Michelle Ye ... Big Mama
Tin Hung Yee ... Fung's bodyguard

Terence Yin ... Chu (voice: English version)
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Directed by
Johnnie To 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ka-Fai Wai  screenplay

Produced by
William Cheng .... line producer
John Chong .... producer
Elaine Chu .... line producer
Wan-San Ding .... associate producer (as Yuin Shan Ding)
Peter Lam .... producer
Laurent Pétin .... producer
Michèle Pétin .... producer
Johnnie To .... producer
Ka-Fai Wai .... producer
 
Original Music by
Tayu Lo 
 
Cinematography by
Siu-keung Cheng (director of photography)
Hung Mo To 
 
Film Editing by
David M. Richardson 
 
Art Direction by
Silver Cheung 
 
Costume Design by
Stanley Cheung 
 
Production Management
Jackson Ha .... production manager
Christie Lee .... assistant production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ka-kit Cheung .... assistant director (as Jeff Cheung)
 
Art Department
Wai Chuen Cheung .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Steve Chan .... sound
Martin Richard Chappell .... supervising sound editor
Torsten Zumhof .... sound effects editor
 
Visual Effects by
Ken Law .... visual effects supervisor
 
Stunts
Chung Chi Li .... action choreographer
Jack Wong Wai Leung .... assistant action choreographer
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kar Yan Yip .... assistant costume designer
 
Editorial Department
Edwin Van Huizen .... digital intermediate colorist
 
Other crew
Christie Lee .... production assistant
Angel Tang .... production assistant
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Fuk sau" - Hong Kong (original title)
"Revenge" - Hong Kong (English title) (literal English title)
"Shooting in the Cold Rain, a Gun for Promise" - Japan (English title) (informal literal title)
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108 min
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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 »
Quotes:
Crow's wife:[about hit men] Those guys... you now them?
Crow:Barely. We met at work.
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Movie Connections:
References Ghajini (2008)See more »

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
You can't say they didn't nail the title., 13 April 2011
Author: oneguyrambling from Australia

It's the same pre-credit sequence that has kick-started dozens of films over the last few decades: a happy and loving couple are gunned down for apparently no reason in brutal fashion – although in this case they take the next step and include the two young cute children in the massacre to increase the stakes.

Now the rest of the film will be about who is the most p*ssed off and desperate for revenge.

That guy is Mr Costello, the French father of the critically injured mother, her two children and husband all not surviving the killing. I should point out here that at times the language switches between Chinese, French (with subtitles) and English. The film takes place in Macau but while the Hubby was Asian, the wife – and Costello's daughter – was French. I don't know why I found this interesting but I did, but it doesn't drag you out of the story.

In true vigilante fashion Mr Costello eschews the traditional law and order approach to finding the killers, after a chance encounter at a crime scene Costello declines the opportunity to bring a killer to justice and instead tracks down the accused to enlist him and his team to help find his daughter's family's killers. An odd form of ambulance chasing indeed! The new trio of bad guys agree to hop on board after Costello promises them cash and the restaurant he owns. They start using their contacts and trade secrets to get swift results, during the process it becomes evident that the 65ish Costello has skillz of his own – even if they haven't been utilised for quite a while.

So why doesn't he track them down himself? Well aside from his lack of inside Macau knowledge Costello's advanced age has caused memory issues in a similar vein to that of the lead character in Memento – he too takes photos and scrawls on them for reminders, meaning he can be a little ineffective once he has a "turn".

The plot is reasonably formulaic with only subtle variations on the usual sequence of events – a major shootout is delayed by the arrival of several of the combatant's kids. Vengeance has a couple of nifty battles where various minions are picked off with clean kills while the main characters are lightly wounded with bloody clothes being the only lasting sign, until near the very end of the film where the Reservoir Dogs rule – that of "most/all must die" kicks in.

Final Rating – 7 / 10. Take a pinch of SPL, add the core elements of Taken and a dash of Memento and you have a pretty good um… ahhh… Vengeance film. I guess they nailed the title.

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