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Vengeance

3.8 out of 5 stars 63 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: MPI HOME VIDEO
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2010
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0040QYRTA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,127 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Vengeance" on IMDb

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on October 25, 2010
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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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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this one gets all the stars. a thriller, a kind of mystery, it's touching and terrible at the same time. rooted in cowboy style westerns it has the slamin fast pace and punch of hit man flicks and a back story to keep the plot moving. the anti-hero is smart, strong and has a fatal flaw. the motives are simple, strong and well defined. darkly comic, a mystical sense of timelessness.
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I have watched more movies that even I can possible recount, but never one as interesting as this. Assassins with loyalties. Realistic settings with a remarkable story that had me until the credits rolled.
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Another astonishing crime thriller from Johnnie To, who must be the greatest action director alive. And yet he finds time amid the carnage for subtle character portraits and moments of surprising tenderness. Features a very fine performance from the veteran French rocker Johnny Hallyday.
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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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