6.5/10
5,988
30 user 107 critic

Vengeance (2009)

Fuk sau (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 20 May 2009 (France)
Trailer
1:56 | Trailer
A French chef swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Macau, 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.

Director:

Johnnie To

Writer:

Ka-Fai Wai (screenplay) (as Wai Ka Fai)
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Exiled (2006)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A friendship is formed between an ex-gangster, and two groups of hitmen - those who want to protect him and those who were sent to kill him.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Nick Cheung, Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng
Election (2005)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Rival gang leaders are locked in a struggle to become the new chairman of Hong Kong's Triad society.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Suet Lam, Tony Ka Fai Leung
The Mission (1999)
Action
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Triad boss Lung, who has just escaped being killed in an assassination, hires five killers for his protection. Their grown solidarity is under compulsion when Lung gives a special order.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Anthony Chau-Sang Wong, Francis Ng, Jackie Chung-yin Lui
Mad Detective (2007)
Action | Crime | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A rookie cop teams up with a former detective with a supernatural gift to hunt down a serial killer.

Directors: Johnnie To, Ka-Fai Wai
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Andy On, Ka Tung Lam
Election 2 (2006)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

As election time nears, current Triad chairman Lok (Yam) faces competition from his godsons. At the same time, Jimmy (Koo) looks to increase his business relations with mainland China.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Simon Yam, Nick Cheung
Sparrow (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A gang of pickpockets roam the streets of Hong Kong.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Kelly Lin, Ka Tung Lam
PTU (2003)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Over the course of one night, a team of cops frantically search for their colleague's missing gun.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Simon Yam, Suet Lam, Ruby Wong
Breaking News (2004)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

When an ambulatory TV news unit live broadcasts the embarrassing defeat of a police battalion by five bank robbers in a ballistic showdown, the credibility of the police force drops to a ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Richie Jen, Kelly Chen, Nick Cheung
Three (2016)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Realizing that he will be defeated in no time during a police showdown, a thug shoots himself to force the cops to cease fire and take him to the hospital. In the hospital, he claims human ... See full summary »

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Wei Zhao, Louis Koo, Kathy Wu
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Three people - a criminal, a bank officer and a cop - end up in a catastrophic situation in the midst of a global economical crisis and are forced to betray any morals and principles to solve their financial problems.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Ching Wan Lau, Richie Jen, Denise Ho
Drug War (2012)
Action | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A drug cartel boss who is arrested in a raid is coerced into betraying his former accomplices as part of an undercover operation.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Honglei Sun, Yi Huang
Throw Down (2004)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A former Judo champion is given the chance to redeem himself after he befriends a competitor and an aspiring singer.

Director: Johnnie To
Stars: Louis Koo, Aaron Kwok, Cherrie Ying
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Johnny Hallyday ... Francis Costello
Anthony Chau-Sang Wong ... Kwai (as Anthony Wong)
Simon Yam ... George Fung
Suet Lam ... Fat Lok (as Lam Suet)
Ka Tung Lam ... Chu (as Lam Ka Tung)
Sylvie Testud ... Irene Costello
Felix Wong ... Python
Siu-Fai Cheung ... Wolf (as Cheung Siu Fai)
Ting Yip Ng ... Crow (as Ng Ting Yip Berg)
Maggie Siu ... Madam Wong (as Maggie Shiu)
Stanley Sui-Fan Fung ... Tony (as Feng Tsui Fan)
Michelle Ye ... Big Mama
Jo Kuk ... Crow's Wife (as Jo Koo)
Elena Kong ... Wolf's Wife
Kawing Kawing ... Python's Wife (as Karen Chan)
Edit

Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Action | Crime | Thriller

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Details

Country:

Hong Kong | France

Language:

Cantonese | English | French

Release Date:

20 May 2009 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Vengeance See more »

Filming Locations:

Hong Kong, China See more »

Edit

Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$1,423,604
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Johnny Hallyday's character shares the same name as Jack Nicholson's character from The Departed. The only slight difference being the French "Francois Costello" instead of "Frank Costello". 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

Costello: What is revenge?
See more »

Connections

Follows The Mission (1999) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
You can't say they didn't nail the title.
13 April 2011 | by oneguyramblingSee all my reviews

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.


4 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 30 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Popular Action and Adventure Titles With Prime Video

Explore popular action and adventure titles available to stream with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed