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Vengeance -- An ex-assassin returns to the brutal crime world he left behind to avenge the murder of his daughter's family.
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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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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  (in credits order)

Johnny Hallyday ... Costello

Sylvie Testud ... Irene Thompson

Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... 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 Chi-Chung Chan ... 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 Chung San Chui ... Fung's bodyguard
Stanley Fung Sui-Fan ... Tony (as Shui-Fan Fung)
Kawing ... Python's wife (as Karen Chan)
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)
Man Kee Yiu

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
Ta-Yu Lo  (as 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
Heidi Chan .... foley artist
Heidi Chan .... sound editor
Martin Richard Chappell .... supervising sound editor
Mango Mok .... foley editorial
Mango Mok .... sound editor
Torsten Zumhof .... sound effects editor
Visual Effects by
Ken Law .... visual effects supervisor
Chung Chi Li .... action choreographer
Jack Wai-Leung Wong .... 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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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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Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
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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25 out of 40 people found the following review useful.
A Nutshell Review: Vengeance, 9 November 2009
Author: DICK STEEL from Singapore

If Daddy's little girl got hurt, you know darn well that Daddy will spare no effort in hunting the perpetrators down, especially when the police is inept, and turning to the other side of the law for revenge seem all the more attractive. Cost isn't a factor too, since everything has a price, especially with a dad willing to sell everything just to see his brand of justice get exacted.

Welcome to Johnnie To's world of hit men and a tale of vengeance, set in the cities of Macau and Hong Kong, with his regular Milkyway cast and crew set to deliver an all too familiar premise, now joined by French actor Johnny Hallyday as Costello, a chef who's naturally more than meets the eye, being able to assemble a stripped handgun blindfolded and in record time compared to seasoned veterans. His daughter and her family got gunned down in cold blood, and working against time and with only an injured ear as a clue, he capitalizes on a chance encounter with the hit men trio of Kwai (Anthony Wong), Chu (Lam Ka Tung) and Fatty Lok (Lam Suet), who for plenty of Euros, a watch, a restaurant and an apartment in Paris, take up this assignment for quite the good deal as it is.

Only of course for Wai Ka-Fai's story to put them in a dilemma of sorts, when they have to consider whether to honour an agreement with someone they know little about, or to do so with their long time contract employer (played to evil delight by Simon Yam), fully aware that crossing the latter will briing about some drastic results, akin to biting the hand that feeds you.

And of course with such consequences come plenty of room for some balletic shootouts, only that the initial big one, with Eddie Cheung, Felix Wong and Ng Ting Yip turned out to be a dark affair under a moon shadowed by cloud cover, with black leather jackets not helping much in knowing who's shooting who in the dark. Otherwise, there were some quirky scenes such as the innovating rolling of rubbish bales to act as sandbags in an open plain, and the finale which will see you rooting for just desserts to be served.

Johnnie To has included plenty of his signature style in this film, from stand offs to no holds barred shootouts with a myriad of semi and automatic handguns and rifles, it's like an education session with a firearms nut. Which of course entertains since the cast, already so familiar with his style, and familiar with what's expected of them, pulled this off oozing plenty of maschismo along the way. I cannot for the life of me think of any other non- resident actors who can waltz into a Johnnie To film and look and feel like his gangsters, though Johnny Hallyday comes close with a dogged mission, and a look that has seen better, glorious days.

There are some shades of To's earlier films such as The Mission and Exiled, which isn't too difficult to draw some parallels from since they start essentially a similar core cast, and with some scenes which I thought were uncannily lifted from Exiled with the enemy assault and flight from the fire escape, and there's almost always a scene in the rain with umbrellas, a throwback to other Milkyway productions like Sparrow and Eye in the Sky. There's a twist in the story involving a character in the film which I will not dwell or make references to (since you're likely to go Oh, that looked like a plot element from some other film), but suffice to say that that little wee bit that came unexpected, provided more gravitas to the title Vengeance, since it now takes on a whole new dimension altogether, with more action promised of course, but examining the notion of the act of Vengeance, on how different it will be altogether when one no longer remembers the purpose it's supposed to serve.

It's strictly for Johnnie To's fans who know what to expect from the master and now poster boy of Hong Kong cinema, and probably a good introduction too for those new to his films. Those sitting on the fence will wonder what the fuss is about with this film being part of the official selection at this year's Cannes Film Festival, but over here, this film is making a fuss, especially for me, and I'll give you a reason.

For once, we can watch a Hong Kong film with Cantonese dialogue left intact. While local film Blood Ties had Cantonese used as well, this film builds upon that goodwill extended by the powers that be. True, Vengeance has a chunk of dialogue in English, with the other chunk predominantly in Cantonese, and I'll take that. If this is an example of the rules being relaxed slowly, then I'm all for it because nothing, absolutely nothing, beats having to hear the cast emoting in their natural voices, rather than to have someone else step in to voice-over their roles. And of course, if we all don't turn into gangsters or start speaking Cantonese en masse, I think the film would've made the point that not everyone will be negatively influenced by such baseless concerns to begin with.

I smell change coming already, and let's hope it really does with Vengeance being that small step taken in the right direction!

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