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Vengeance (2010)

Johnny Hallyday , Johnnie To  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Johnny Hallyday
  • Directors: Johnnie To
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #75,147 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vengeance" on IMDb

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Legendary director Johnnie To (The Election Trilogy, Triangle PTU) the greatest master of Hong Kong action films since John Woo returns with an instant modern classic compared by Roger Ebert to Clint Eastwood s Unforgiven, VENGEANCE is a visually stunning and gripping gangster tale about honor among thieves and a father determined to avenge his daughter. Pop legend Johnny Hallyday (often called the French Elvis) gives the performance of his life as Costello, a world-weary but dapper gourmet chef who clearly has violence in his past (and future) when he enlists the help of hired assassins to enact his bloody revenge on the Chinese gangsters who nearly killed his little girl. Two brilliantly staged shoot outs by To one in the moonlight, the other at an abandoned dump are merely the highlights of a movie that crosses Memento with a spaghetti western and comes up with this international smash hit.

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is back and this time he's gone international--heck, this film even competed at Cannes! "Vengeance" is a co-production with France and utilizes French, Chinese, and English as its primary languages. For fans of To's work, "Vengeance" aligns thematically with "The Mission" and "Exiled." But no prior familiarity with To is necessary to enjoy the pleasures that "Vengeance" has to offer. Even though the film is staged in an urban setting, it is essentially an existential gunfighter western with one man seeking retribution for an attack on his family. Moody and contemplative, "Vengeance" is not a non-stop action picture but rather a thoughtful meditation on honor, loyalty, and mortality.

As "Vengeance" opens, a family of four is gunned down at their residence in Macau. As the wife clings to life, her father (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) arrives to provide comfort. With his craggy face and sullen demeanor, Hallyday recalls a "Death Wish" Charles Bronson--and, indeed, it does appear that the film is headed in that direction. Hallyday, a chef by profession, knows his way around a gun but needs help identifying the culprits responsible. He conveniently runs across a team of hitmen (doesn't that always happen when you need it?). Promising them everything he owns, including his restaurant, they join forces and are soon off to Hong Kong to settle the score. But tracking the killers down is just the first stage as the team on Hallyday's payroll unravel some unexpected connections.

To has reassembled many familiar faces from his previous films--I particularly liked Anthony Wong, Lam Kar Tung and Lam Suet as the trio working with Hallyday. A real relationship develops within the team and this, to me, is one of the stronger elements in "Vengeance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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When his daughter's family is murdered in an apparent Chinese mob hit, an aging French restauranteur promises to avenge her. Knowing nothing of the language, he travels to Macau in search of the killers, and finds, instead, three hit men who are willing to help him in exchange for his life's savings and his restaurant. Unexpected twists, comic turns, and surprisingly poignant moments, combine with Hong Kong director Johnnie To's stunning visual style to set this story apart from the conventional crime thriller. Johnnie To always tweaks genre expectations, and here he infuses strong elements of the Western genre into the urban settings of Hong Kong and Macau. A scene of darkened gunplay in a moonlit forest is one of the most visually thrilling and intense I've seen in a very long time. While all the performances were memorable, Johnny Hallyday, with his enigmatic leathery face and penetratingly blue eyes, is perfectly cast as a quiet man coping with an increasingly apparent disability, but dead set on revenge. While the film probes the meaning of vengeance and the nature of loyalty and honor in intriguing ways, it's also just a lot of fun to watch. Highly recommended for lovers of inventive cinema.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Hong Kong auteur Johnnie To is back and this time he's gone international--heck, this film even competed at Cannes! "Vengeance" is a co-production with France and utilizes French, Chinese, and English as its primary languages. For fans of To's work, "Vengeance" aligns thematically with "The Mission" and "Exiled." But no prior familiarity with To is necessary to enjoy the pleasures that "Vengeance" has to offer. Even though the film is staged in an urban setting, it is essentially an existential gunfighter western with one man seeking retribution for an attack on his family. Moody and contemplative, "Vengeance" is not a non-stop action picture but rather a thoughtful meditation on honor, loyalty, and mortality.

As "Vengeance" opens, a family of four is gunned down at their residence in Macau. As the wife clings to life, her father (French rock star Johnny Hallyday) arrives to provide comfort. With his craggy face and sullen demeanor, Hallyday recalls a "Death Wish" Charles Bronson--and, indeed, it does appear that the film is headed in that direction. Hallyday, a chef by profession, knows his way around a gun but needs help identifying the culprits responsible. He conveniently runs across a team of hitmen (doesn't that always happen when you need it?). Promising them everything he owns, including his restaurant, they join forces and are soon off to Hong Kong to settle the score. But tracking the killers down is just the first stage as the team on Hallyday's payroll unravel some unexpected connections.

To has reassembled many familiar faces from his previous films--I particularly liked Anthony Wong, Lam Kar Tung and Lam Suet as the trio working with Hallyday. A real relationship develops within the team and this, to me, is one of the stronger elements in "Vengeance.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Instant Classic January 4, 2011
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My original plan was to save Vengeance for a weekend viewing with friends. Well, I have no problem watching it again and again. Once I peeked at some of it, I couldn't stop watching. This is full blown Johnnie To. After Costello's (Johnny Hallyday) daughter is almost murdered by triad gangsters who kill her family, he seeks revenge. The French chef with murder skills of his own hires three hitmen (Anthony Wong, Lam Ka Tung, and Lam Suet) to help him tackle mob boss George Fung (Simon Yam) and his team of expert killers. A friendship develops between the fab four as visions of Memento, Charles Bronson's Death Wish Series, All of Clint Eastwood's Westerns and some of To's films come to mind. You'll especially be reminded of The Mission and Exiled during the shootouts but that's okay. Vengeance is simply a great guy flick and pure heaven for Johnnie To fanatics like me. I get goosebumps every time I see Anthony Wong with trademark sunglasses, a cigarette in his mouth, and a gun in his hand. I also enjoyed the way English, French, and Cantonese languages are spoken together throughout the film. This really adds to it's international flavor. I had plenty of heated moments with Vengeance and look forward to repeated viewings of this instant classic. Now, I'd like to see Johnnie To and John Woo hook something new up with Chow Yun Fat, Andy Lau, Lau Ching Wan and all of To's players. That would be too much fun.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
great
Published 1 month ago by adrian k. york
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Movie okay
Published 2 months ago by Renee Cole
5.0 out of 5 stars Different story line...
I have watched more movies that even I can possible recount, but never one as interesting as this. Assassins with loyalties. Read more
Published 4 months ago by RoryG
1.0 out of 5 stars B-rated movie.
Eveyones acting is ok. Except the white French guy. He kinda kills the movie. Plus the ending will make you mad. Rolling trash really ?
Published 4 months ago by Dan lee
4.0 out of 5 stars Good one...
Though few questions remainto be answered, this is a feel-good script with all the actors doing justice to their roles.
Published 7 months ago by Merlin
1.0 out of 5 stars Dark film, literally
This is one of the worst films I've seen, the lighting is terrible. You can't see anything. There's too much violence, I gad to stop watching. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Semtex Girl
4.0 out of 5 stars Excuse me???
How would you like to be riding in a car, traveling at a high rate of speed when all of a sudden, the wheels come off? Well, the movie Vengeance felt just like that. Read more
Published 7 months ago by David J. Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars can you remember whats important?
Different take on revenge theme. Considerable action yet violence has a purpose. Great movie with awesome actors. I've watched it 3 times and enjoyed it more each time.
Published 7 months ago by Alfonso Gioia
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary.
Most of my comments are in notes to other reviews, but the last film I enjoyed this much was man from nowhere w won bin. That is high praise. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Paris6
5.0 out of 5 stars Great!
Great movie, great performance. I would suggest to people who love action movie, but do not copy their act because there is laws behind our society, it isn't so simple.
Published 8 months ago by Christian Kan
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