Vengeance (Fuk sau) (2009)
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A French chef and former assassin wrestles with his failing memory while fighting to avenge the murder of his daughter's family in Hong Kong in director Johnny To's stylish, action-packed meditation on the true nature of revenge. Her Chinese husband and their two young children brutally gunned down during a gangland hit, a mortally wounded French woman clings to life in a Hong Kong hospital. Upon arriving at his daughter's bedside, the shooting victim's father, Costello (Johnny Hallyday), vows
Aug 4, 2010 Wide
Nov 16, 2010
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Few directors make ac tion movies with the pizazz of Hong Kong's Johnnie To...
Both newcomers to Mr. To and longtime admirers should be prepared for a master class in directing.
You need to be one helluva director to pull off using kids' stickers as a climactic plot point; this auteur makes it look like child's play.
Vengeance tempers tough-guy sentimentality with schoolyard existentialism.
To's smooth, balletic style, noirish lighting schemes and compositions are made for the big screen...
To does a fantastic job of providing a good sense of style and structure to the numerous action scenes, but they're not over the top or cartoonish.
Resting firmly on this relentless pacing, Vengeance becomes obsessed with the lasting effect of vengeance on the traditional machinations of plot and character.
Grieving father hires three hit men to avenge his daughter's family. Accomplished thriller marks Hong Kong director Johnnie To's first European co-production.
Gaunt and weathered, Hallyday is superb casting... and slips right in to [Johnnie] To's brand of taciturn camaraderie and silent communication...
Johnny Hallyday and Johnnie To's glorious throwback to bitter bullets and bloody revenge
Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker To mixes the grand gestures of John Woo with the tactics of Christopher Nolan's Memento; the result ranges from the silly to the sublime.
To's focus is less about gunning down the bad guys - although there's plenty of that - than crystallizing with precision the visceral sensations surrounding violence, and the many metaphysical looming silences in between, as if lyrical canvases in motion.
To derives from maestro John Woo and there is much influence by the older filmmaker in the spirit of the film. This is not necessarily a bad thing but more originality would have helped.
Director Johnnie To...delivers a terrific Asian noir featuring stunning cinematography, balletic gunplay...and a better than average story that harkens back to the 2003 Dutch/Belgian "The Memory of a Killer"
much as To inverted the policier with a Mad Detective, here he presents us with the genre-subverting paradox of a forgetful avenger, determined to find satisfaction, but unable to remember for what or from whom.
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.
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