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Vengeance

VengeanceHitting the mark on a number of levels,
  Johnnie To’s Vengeance follows a
  French restaurateur who is gradually
  losing his memory but who has a score
  to settle with the three hit-men who
  wiped out his family and their brutal
  employer
...


HAVING CROSSED A PROMINENT CHINESE GANGSTER, a Mr Thompson (Vincent Sze) and his wife Irene (Sylvie Testud) are brutally shot down by three hit-men in this slick thriller, Vengeance. But the couple's two children witness the slaughter and are also killed.

Miraculously Irene survives but is critically ill in intensive care and is unable to speak. So when her devastated father, Parisian restaurateur and chef François Costello (Johnny Hallyday: The Man On The Train), arrives, she gives him some vital clues by indicating words in a newspaper.

The hit-men, however, have made a big mistake. The grieving Costello is himself a former hit-man and he vows that the killers and the man who ordered the hit will pay for the violent attack on his family. But Costello is running on borrowed time because he has a bullet that has lodged in his brain and is progressively robbing him of his memory and he increasingly relies on Polaroids in order to recognise faces.

Meanwhile, Triad crime lord George Fung (Simon Yam) has family problems of his own. His beautiful wife (Gwendolyn Chen) is having an affair and he is out to trap her and her lover. As the three hit-men Fung has hired carry out their orders, Costello passes them in the hotel corridor and instantly recognises them for what they are. Just the men to help him carry out his Vengeance.

But there is one problem. The men Costello has hired work for the Chinese gangster who ordered the hit on his family and their own families could be at risk. Are assassins Kwai (Anthony Wong), Chu (Lam Ka Tung) and Lok (Lam Suet) — all three actors are To regulars — prepared to face the inevitable dreadful repercussions if they go against the Triad law?

Nominated for the Palme d'Or in Cannes 2009, the slickly-executed Vengeance is an absorbing, uplifting, poignant, emotional, tense and exciting revenge thriller that also features: Siu-Fai Cheung as Wolf; Felix Wong as Python; Ting Yip Ng as Crow; and Maggie Siu as Madam Wong. Intriguingly there is a touch of normality with the appearance of the families of the killers, who see their own terrible act of slaughter as all in a day's work.

Vengeance (Fuk sau) is filmed in Macau (China) and Hong Kong and is Produced by Johnnie To, Michele Pétin, Peter Lam, Wai Ka-Fai, Laurent Pétin and John Chong; Music is by Lo Tayu; Director of Photography is Cheng Siu Keung; Screenplay is by Wai Fa Fai; Directed by Johnnie To. The film contains scenes of violence with some blood and gore with one scene of sexual content and nudity.

The English language debut from acclaimed director Johnnie To (Election; Exiled), neo-noir Vengeance is out to own on Blu-ray, courtesy of Optimum Releasing, on 28 June 2010. Running Time: 109 Minutes | Cat No: OPTBD1730 | RRP: £24.99 | Extras: The Making Of | Trailer.

"…the slickly-executed Vengeance is an absorbing, uplifting, poignant, emotional, tense and exciting revenge thriller" — Maggie Woods, MotorBar