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Vengeance [Blu-ray]

Johnny Hallyday , Sylvie Testud , Johnnie To    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ka Tung Lam, Suet Lam
  • Directors: Johnnie To
  • Producers: Johnnie To, John Chong, Peter Lam, Laurent Petin, Michele Petin
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 28 Jun 2010
  • Run Time: 108 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039LAQ42
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,706 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Hong Kong action thriller directed by Johnnie To. French pop star Johnny Hallyday stars as Castello, a former hitman suffering from short-term memory loss on account of a bullet lodged in his brain. After a violent mafia attack on his daughter's family in Hong Kong leaves her husband and two children dead, Castello enlists the help of three professional assassins - Kwai (Anthony Wong Chau-Sang), Chu (Ka Tung Lam) and Lok (Suet Lam) - to exact his revenge.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Venge-moi 1 Jun 2010
Format:DVD
THE SYNOPSIS:

Johnny Halladay play a Parisian restaurateur who's travelled to Macau to exact revenge on the triad hitmen that massacred his family, but a bullet lodged in his brain is deteriorating his memories so he heavily relies on photographs to remind him of who is friend and foe; Chris Nolan's Momento anyone? In a hotel he meets three assassins with a contract to kill the unfaithful wife of their boss played emphatically by Simon Yam - no surprises there! Two of the assassins are played by some more Johnny To regulars Lam Ka-Tung and Lam Suet with hong kong screen legend Anthony Wong completing the deadly trio. A delighful game of cat and mouse ensues with lots of twists and double crossings taking place a long the way which all the characters seem totally oblivious to and generally surprised when made aware of their predicaments.

THE REVIEW:

Since the king of Asian gangster flicks released his double feature Election 1 & 2 based on the politics of the triad hierachy, Johnny To has, in my opinion, been slighly off key; but, his latest release, Vengeance, is clearly a return to his best form. The viewer is treated to sublime operatic gunplay, that has become synonymous with To's gangster forays, loaded with violence and tongue-in-cheek dialogue. The script has been written by Wai Ka-Fai who collaborated with To previously on Fulltime Killer and Running On Karma. Cheung Siu Keng's moody cinematography adds a Noir-ish sensibility culminating in a combination of arthouse cinema and popcorn pleaser.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Clearly intended as a vehicle for Alain Delon - its former hitman-turned-chef protagonist is even called Costello in honor of Le Samourai - but settling instead for the less iconic Johnny Hallyday, Vengeance is a slick but lesser Johnny To thriller that capitalises on his box-office appeal in France but never makes quite enough of its premise. Hallyday starts the film looking for vengeance on the men who killed his grandchildren and son-in-law and left his daughter Sylvie Testud paralysed in Macau, hiring Anthony Wong, Lam Suet and Ka Tung Lam's hitmen to see the job through because he's losing his memory because of a bullet lodged in his skull. But, as Wong asks, "What does revenge mean when you've forgotten everything?" Unfortunately the film never bothers to really address the issue, opting instead for stylish shootouts over substance, making it easy to understand Delon's decision to drop out because of his dissatisfaction with the script. Being a Johnnie To film there are plenty of quirks along the way, like running into the killers at a barbecue with their children or a pitched gun battle fought behind rolling bales of newsprint while rubbish blows in the wind and Simon Yam's OTT mob boss watches from afar like an ancient general. They're enough to carry it over the weak spots and help overlook Hallyday's problems with English (much of the film's dialogue is in English), but they're never enough to make it stand with the best of To's crowdpleasers. There's also one strikingly odd leap in continuity as the final chase goes from daylight to the middle of the night in the space of barely a couple of shots that makes you wonder if something hit the cutting room floor despite the film being an unusually long for a Hong Kong picture 108 minutes. Good but not great. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Read Only Memory. 12 May 2013
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A French chef, who used to be a hitman, vows to avenge his daughter, after her family are wiped out in a hit. So he teams up with three assassins to get revenge. His dish of vengeance becoming increasingly difficult to enjoy though, due to a bullet that's lodged in his brain, that causes super alzheimer's..
Okay gun~play thriller from Mr To, which to be honest, I only bothered watching because of Simon Yam and Anthony Wong. The French lead Johnny Hallyday did a decent enough job in spite of his crazy eyes but ultimately there wasn't as much action as I was hoping for. The gun play is arted up and slow~mo, there seems to be an excessive amount of people wearing sunglasses unnecessarily (Is it because of Hallyday's weird eyes or the fact that you can never be sure of standard solar activity, the sun setting and rising willy~nilly in this?!) and some of the story didn't seem to quite gel as well as what you'd hope. In fact, I probably would've dumped the memory loss sub plot altogether and just kept this a straight forward revenge piece. All in all though a reasonable effort and certainly worth watching if you can buy it cheap. Yam is in his element playing the loony gang boss but is underused, and Wong does a professional job as the lead hitman.
Not a bad experience, could've been better though.
3.5/5 stars.
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A clever and unpredictable film, Vengeance is a wonderful Johnnie To movie, boasting great performances and the fantastic presence of Johnny Halliday, one of France's icons. Not to be missed!!!!!!!
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
Disappointing rubbish. Expected better
Published 3 days ago by Phil (London)
1.0 out of 5 stars Laughably bad
One of the worst films i have ever seen! the acting is fair to poor, the plot is pretty stupid..but the main Character lets the whole thing down, he is some weird French... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Asprilla
4.0 out of 5 stars Stylish Hong-Kong crime drama
"Vengeance" (2009 release from Hong Kong; 109 min.) brings the story of Francis Costello (played by legendary French singer/actor Johnny Hallyday). Read more
Published 17 months ago by Paul Allaer
4.0 out of 5 stars Vengeance can be yours
Bought this a film after a recommendation of Joe Queenan in the British Guardian newspaper. Watchable and quirky film. Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2012 by Trebor Myths
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable
Good picture and soundtrack. While the script can be a bit thin in places, the characters ring true. Read more
Published on 9 Oct 2011 by superfrog
5.0 out of 5 stars Johnnie v's Johnny
Nobody makes films like Johnnie To and his signature cool style is in place throughout Vengeance.
Johnny Hallyday is in Hong Kong seeking revenge for the slaughter of his... Read more
Published on 21 Aug 2011 by Ciaran Cooke
2.0 out of 5 stars Forgettable
Vengeance is one of the most frustrating films that I have seen for quite some time. After all, for about the first 45 minutes it really is very good indeed, with Johnny Hallyday,... Read more
Published on 1 July 2011 by Steve G
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete mess of a film from start to finish
This film was terrible on almost every level. The acting was atrocious. The script was dire. The action was rubbish. The direction was flat and confusing. Read more
Published on 30 Mar 2011 by The Truth
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong crime thriller
I recently watched and enjoyed Johnnie To's films Exiled and Mad Detective. Both were stylish, cool and, in the case of MD, off-beat and humorous. Read more
Published on 23 Aug 2010 by Leeam
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