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3.3
570 Ratings

Vengeance

Fuk sau

Directed by Johnnie To
Hong Kong, France, 2009
Crime, Drama, Action

Synopsis

This French and Hong Kong coproduction offers neo-noir fans and newcomers a genre-busting gem populated by a hit man turned chef, family men moonlighting as assassins, and earnestly official, androgynous women detectives. And for good measure, it stars French crooner, Johnny Hallyday.

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Vengeance Directed by Johnnie To

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  • Nick Schwab's rating of the film Vengeance

    Articulate without even once flirting with drama, Vengeance is purely an action film. So well constructed in its plot mechanizations that recall westerns, a blase-cool style of Melville crime flicks, and action setpieces that can only be described as fluidly setup, musically directed, and strikingly poetic. To even homages a famous scene in the 1931 flick M and redefines its context to a shootout mixed with Memento.

  • Greg S.'s rating of the film Vengeance

    The influences are obvious but in addition to those listed I'm surprised no one has brought up 'Point Blank' since both revenge films deal with the past and present simultaneously. The hero here forgetting what the word 'vengeance' means, writes it on his gun both revealing the past and seemingly writing his future. It is derivative of other films but these isights showcase To as a true auteur.

  • Daniel S.'s rating of the film Vengeance

    Contrast between Macao's colourful nights and Costello's black hat and coat, contrast between spaghetti with Italian sauce and noodles with exotic flavors. A few superb scenes like the fight under the moon and the scene of the umbrellas. A good surprise. Recommended.

  • Jake Cole's rating of the film Vengeance

    "What does revenge mean when you've forgotten everything?" The answer, of course, is nothing, but by the point anyone realizes that, vengeance has become such a ravenous parasite that it transfers hosts to continue to live. Motion is a key aspect of all of To's films, but here it seems to embody the termitic jumps of the drive for revenge among characters both villainous and heroic (for want of a better phrase).

  • Gondo's rating of the film Vengeance

    To's vengeance is not a real catharsis for our hero, he deprives him of the basis for this halfway through the film and lets the memories of all this thirst for blood melt away in the rain. The end of the film is then for example no longer really a search for an actual puppeteer but a search for visual clues which identify him as such. All thats left are traces of his evil deeds in the faces of other people.

  • Zach Closs's rating of the film Vengeance

    Mr. To's most atmospheric, visually lavish and full-blooded noir; makes ingenious use of expressionism and pathetic fallacy. The landfill skirmish in particular -- with those clumsy, lumbering bales of garbage providing just enough cover for the men to pause and coyly light cigarettes -- grasps a Kitano-esque juxtaposition of youthful charm and mechanical violence.

  • Edwin N's rating of the film Vengeance

    Vengeance as a remedy towards redemption and spiritual satifiction; Towards the light, escaping darkness at all cost, Johnny Halliday is stratling.Johnnie To's take on the interchangeable meaning of the word 'Vengeance' makes his film of the most interesting of the decade.A truly metaphysical and abosrbing film beyond what I expected.

  • The Africa Film Project's rating of the film Vengeance

    Wow! A film maker in his absloute prime. Mad Detective, Exiled and now this amazing masterpiece! A true hommage to Melville and the French Noir.

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