Vengeance (Fuk sau)

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A former assassin, now a French chef, comes to Hong Kong to avenge his daughter whose family was murdered.

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  • Dec 17, 2015
    ***Spoilers Ahead*** This is the first Johnny To movie I've seen or at least the 1st 1 I remember.I've probably seen more but usually I never pay attention to who's directing until after it's over & I really liked the movie.I REALLY liked this movie.Vengeance has made me want to go out & find more movies by Johnny To.The family massacre at the beginning shocked the crap out of me (I was NOT expecting that) but also had me hooked, Wondering how Costello was going to avenge his daughter & her family.Vengeance did NOT disappoint.It almost had a Western feel to it & made me wonder, What type of Western would Johnny To direct? Now that is a Western I'd go out of my way to see.I would've prefered the movie to fade to black after Costello got his revenge & was walking down the street the way they had it, not him sitting around the table with Big Mama & the kids.I think the ending would've been better that way.As far as I know, Vengeance is part of a trilogy so I'd like to see the other 2 as well if I can ever find them but right now, I'd be happy to see any of Johnny To's other movies..Vengeance is good!!!
    Brody M Super Reviewer
  • Mar 05, 2014
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  • Aug 07, 2012
    A French restaurateur travels to China and enlists the help of a trio of guns for hire to track down the killers who murdered his daughter's family. Johnny To once again employs his elegantly understated direction and visual flair to create a HK style gangster movie from the classic "heroic bloodshed" school. It lifts elements from many sources, particularly a laconic anti-hero very much in the vein of Takeshi Kitano, bloody Peckinpah-esque shoot-outs and even a Memento style plot device to create a film that may not be original but oozes style in a similar way to Chan Wook Park's own Vengeance trilogy. Highlights include some brilliantly orchestrated action sequences, the pick of which being a beautiful looking running gun battle through a moonlit forest that's almost reminiscent of Zhang Yimou's poetic martial arts films. It could be accused of style over substance, but the style is beautiful and the result is something akin to a classic John Woo gangster film with all the cheesy sentimentality that marred them wisely removed.
    xGary X Super Reviewer
  • Mar 06, 2012
    When it comes to Johnnie To I usually enjoy his action movies and the way he tell a story with the camera. Though this is similar to his other work and lack any surprise, I still found myself being amazed by it. Vengeance is about a French chef (with a memory problem) who swears revenge after a violent attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong. To help him find the killers, he hires three local hit-men working for the mafia. Now since I've seen Johnnie To other movies I knew what to expect from pacing, but it story really didn't standout from his other work. Now this is about a French chef who loses his memory while trying to revenge and these type of characters have been done better. What we do get is the usual well told story, though at points our protagonist isn't always realistic as a character. It's a fascinating revenge story with interesting characters, but you won't be surprised if you seen Johnnie To other movies. What also stays the same is the cast, now I don't have a problem with this because they have yet to give a bad performance. The same with the always spectacular cinematography which is always a high point in Johnnie To movies. The locations in this movie are filmed so breathtakingly well that I actually wanted to jump through my T.V. screen and go to that location. As for the action sequences they have purpose and meaning with the story and I always enjoy it when Johnnie To films a action scene because it's done so well. Vengeance is a movie that won't surprise any Johnnie To fan, but it will provide the entertainment you expect from him. While the main character may come out uninteresting and unrealistic at times, he is a fascinating protagonist that stands out from other in these genre.
    Caesar M Super Reviewer

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