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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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(54 articles)
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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An enjoyable artistic blood bath See more (27 total) »

Cast

  (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
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)

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
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
 
Stunts
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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Third part of an informally established trilogy, with 'The Mission' (1999) and 'Exiled' (2006) being the previous installments. Among sharing a number of noted cast members (Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Lam Suet) and locations (Macau), the films are primarily connected by certain ideas, such as - at times ironical - reflections on themes like brotherhood and loyalty; fatalism; and group dynamics. All three films also feature elaborate action sequences with a strong, almost geometrical sense of space.See more »
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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 »
Quotes:
Costello:What is revenge?See more »
Movie Connections:
Remade as Vengeance (????)See more »

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2 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
An enjoyable artistic blood bath, 24 January 2013
Author: Robyn Nesbitt (nesfilmreviews) from United States

Johnnie To's artistic style is beautifully displayed and brought to life in "Vengeance", from stand-offs, to shootouts with a myriad of automatic weapons and handguns-the bullet shells never stop hitting the ground. This stylish, revenge melodrama is one of Johnnie To's best, and is also his first English language film. The third part of an informal trilogy, with "The Mission" and "Exiled" being the previous installments sharing a number of noted cast members (Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Lam Suet) and locations. The films are primarily connected by themes involving brotherhood and loyalty; fatalism; and group dynamics. All three films also feature artistic, elaborate, over-the-top action sequences. In "Vengeance" an aging and retired French gangster, Costello (Johnny Hallyday), now working as a chef, travels to Hong Kong when his daughter, son in law, and two grandchildren are gunned down in a seemingly professional hit. Though badly injured, his daughter survives and begs her father to take vengeance upon the perpetrators. And so he sets out to do just that, even though he has no idea where to start in this unfamiliar country. Rather conveniently, he happens upon three professional hit men (led by the legendary Anthony Wong) who've just bumped off the unfaithful mistress of their boss. Tentatively, he approaches them and tells them of his needs. Hesitantly, and with little verbal communication, they take Costello up on his offer, which includes payment of cash and his restaurant in Paris. Once hired, he takes individual Polaroid photographs of each hit man and writes their names on each photo. Costello does this throughout his encounters, due to the fact that there is a bullet from days gone by lodged near his brain and causing the Frenchman rapid memory loss. He needs these photos so he knows his friends from his enemies and to never forget his daughter's tragedy. The film's plot serves the fabled Hong Kong director Johnnie To as an excuse to create arresting visual action set pieces with stunning results. Scenes like Costello wandering through the rain in confusion, trying to spot his targets by reminding himself with the Polaroids, look absolutely magnificent. Some of the major action set- pieces, especially one involving Anthony Wong, are positively stunning. But through all the gloom and doom, humor is not forgotten in "Vengeance", with some occasional tongue-in-cheek dialogue delivered completely deadpan by Yam and Wong in particular. Then there are other sequences, such as a shootout that takes place at a picnic area in the woods, where two groups of killers wait for a family picnic to finish. And as night to falls, the families depart and the shoot out begins.The cinematography is visually-striking, and plenty of style to spare. An exquisite, artistic blood bath.

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