Vengeance | Chicago Reader


Rated NR 108 minutes 2009

In this 2009 Hong Kong action movie, an aging Frenchman (pop singer Johnny Hallyday) journeys to Macao to find the hit men who attacked his daughter and her family, and after a chance meeting with a trio of paid assassins, he enlists their help. Director Johnnie To (Election) has a poetic, tightly choreographed style that emphasizes complex rhythms and small details (not the least of which are the cragged lines of Hallyday's face) and imbues the standard revenge drama with an almost Buddhist ephemerality: from the bursts of gunfire to the empty sky, nothing amounts to more than a ripple. That the father is losing his memory gives this theme an affecting echo in the narrative. In English and subtitled French, Cantonese, and Mandarin.

Film Credits

Director: Johnnie To

Producer: John Chong, Peter Lam, Laurent Pétin and Michèle Pétin

Cast: Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Testud, Anthony Wong Chau-Sang, Ka Tung Lam, Suet Lam, Simon Yam, Siu-Fai Cheung, Felix Wong, Maggie Siu, Vincent Sze and Ting Ng

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