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Original title: Fu Chou (复仇)
Country: France, Hong Kong
Year: 2009
IMDB Rating: 6.6 2120 votes
Plot: Frank Costello arrives in Macau after a team of three hitmen wipes out his daughter, her husband, and their two sons. The daughter miraculously survives and from her hospital bed demands that her father avenge her family. Costello, an ordinary French chef nowadays with own restaurant in Paris, was a hitman himself in the past. After a short trip wandering around Macau, Costello is quickly able to recruit the help of another hitman trio - Kwai, Chu and Lok. Offered all his money and a restaurant in Paris, the three oblige.
  • Budget: €11.5 million

  • Vengeance continues the professional killers theme started by Johnnie To in his films - The Mission and Exiled reuniting on the movie set already known composition of Anthony Wong, Simon Yam, Cheung Siu-Fai, Lam Suet and Lam Ka-Tung.

  • Vengeance is a French and Hong Kong co-production between Hong Kong film distributor Media Asia, French distributor ARP Sélection, and Milkyway Image, the independent production company founded by director Johnnie To and screenwriter Wai Ka-Fai.

  • The film's dialogue is in French, English and Cantonese dialect.

  • The movie has its premiere at the 62nd Cannes Film Festival there it competed for the prestigious Palme D'Or. In Asia the film premiered as an 'opening film' at the 2009 Hong Kong Summer International Film Festival. In North America, the film received a 'Special Presentations' premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival.
Movie info
Colormode: Color
Running time: 108

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Tags: Vengeance, Fu Chou, 2009, French movies, Hong Kong movies, Action movies, Crime movies, Thriller movies, asian movies

Featured reviews for

(overall rating: 3.2 out of 5 based on 2 reviews)
BeyondHollywood, by Nix source:
« As a Western introduction to Johnnie To, “Vengeance” shows off the elements that made the man’s Hong Kong work must-sees and helped create his legion of fans. It’s nowhere his best film, which is saying something because it’s a pretty damn good movie by itself.», by Gabriel Chong source:
«"Vengeance" packs all the right ingredients for a Johnnie To ‘killer’ film, but its underdeveloped script and underwhelming lead make it fall short of a classic»
LoveHKfilm, by Kevin Ma source:
«The highly-anticipated Vengeance features familiar Johnnie To themes presented with a fine polish, but neither star Johnny Hallyday nor the script by Wai Ka-Fai make much of an impression. Lower expectations accordingly.»
Twitch, by James Marsh source:
«the film has done the director no favours and this brand of East meets West fusion filmmaking is not servicing either market appropriately and VENGEANCE as a whole just doesn't wash.»
Variety, by JUSTIN CHANG source:
«Hallyday's craggy charisma stands out yet never overpowers his Chinese co-stars, with whom he blends effortlessly. To's widescreen mise-en-scene also merits top billing, as the helmer manipulates light, image and sound -- at one point even orchestrating a gory shootout by selective moonlight -- to bravura effect.»
Screen Daily, by Lee Marshall source:
«As always, the sensuality of To’s visual style and soundscapes and the choreography of the film’s bullet ballet provide reasons to watch, but the contrived plot, some wooden English dialogue and Hallyday’s stilted perfomance derail proceedings well before the final showdown.»
The Hollywood Reporter, by Kirk Honeycutt source:
«With atmospheric locations in Hong Kong and Macau and To's signature set pieces of choreographed gunplay all accomplished with a bemused wink to his audience, "Vengeance" can penetrate just about any market in the world. Popcorn and art certainly can co-exist as this movie amply demonstrates.»
Time Out London, by Geoff Andrew - 3/5 source:
«To call the film cartoon-like would be to do a grave disservice to the majority of comic strips. ... It also looks quite good in a trite, glossy and bombastic kind of way, and there are even a number of funny moments that were actually intended as such. Or so one can only hope. »

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To, JohnnieTO Johnnie
Wai, Ka-FaiWAI Ka-Fai
LO Tayu


Hallyday, JohnnyHALLYDAY Johnny
as Costello
Testud, SylvieTESTUD Sylvie
as Irene Thompson
Chau-Sang, Anthony WongCHAU-SANG Anthony Wong
as Kwai
Lam, Ka TungLAM Ka Tung
as Chu
Lam, SuetLAM Suet
as Lok
Yam, SimonYAM Simon
as George Fung
Cheung, Siu-FaiCHEUNG Siu-Fai
as Wolf
Wong, FelixWONG Felix
as Python
Ng, Ting YipNG Ting Yip
as Crow
Siu, MaggieSIU Maggie
as Inspector Wong
SZE Vincent
as Mr. Thompson
Cheung, FariniCHEUNG Farini
Fung, Shui-FanFUNG Shui-Fan
Kong, ElenaKONG Elena
Kuk, JoKUK Jo
Law, Wing-CheongLAW Wing-Cheong
Ye, MichelleYE Michelle

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