The tycoon (Anthony Wong) is a tyrant who terrorizes both family and staff, the only exception being his loyal bodyguard (Richie Ren). The tycoon’s punishment begins with his good-for-nothing daughter being abducted, and then killed by cold-blooded kidnappers. Grief-stricken and guilt-ridden, he turns to his bodyguard, a man with a history and therefore underworld connections, to avenge his daughter’s death. The bodyguard goes to work, with great efficiency. But there is little satisfaction in payback, and the tycoon finds himself plunging into lower and lower depths in his own heart of darkness. Solid performances from Wong and Ren, playing two unhappy men bonded in a feudal master/slave relationship where the only escape is violence —HKIFF
Revenge has become a de facto theme for a lot of Asian films these past few years but "Punished" is one of the weakest examples of the genre I can recall seeing, despite Johnnie To handling producer duties. The non-linear editing felt like it was merely meant to distract from the unlikeable characters, workman-like direction, half-hearted Buddhist subplot, and a general lack of hard-hitting violence.
No contiene la espectacularidad en torno a las escenas de acción como en las otras películas producidas (y dirigidas) por Johnnie To, pero me agradó ver que no cayó en los lugares comunes de las películas de venganza. Incluso hay una cierta aproximación realista a algunas escenas, en especial las violentas, que la verdad me agradó bastante. Anthony Wong y Richie Ren sobresalen.
A very well put together revenge flick, with great performances from Anthony Wong and Richie Ren. Mature and quite serious, if not a little unbalanced in terms of editing. Could use a little more suspense and possibly action, but for a Hong Kong film it's better than most films coming out of that island nowadays.