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Juno Mak (Actor) | Aoi Sola (Actor) | Anthony Lau | Chin Siu Ho (Actor)
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Pop singer Juno Mak has always proclaimed himself to be a fan of ultra-violent exploitation films. Thanks to Josie Ho's 852 Films, which is quickly becoming the go-to solution for Hong Kong audiences thirsting for local alternative genre films after Dream Home, Mak now has the chance to make his own ultra-violent film with "Revenge" A Love Story. Co-written and directed by Wong Ching Po (Jiang Hu) - based on a story by Juno - this stylish action thriller stars Mak as an innocent man who is driven to extreme violence to avenge the love of his life, played by Japanese adult film actress Aoi Sola. Despite the brutal violence on display throughout the film, it is ultimately at heart a sweet romance shattered by the darkness of human nature. One of the two opening films at the 2010 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival, "Revenge" A Love Story is a disturbing revenge thriller no viewer will easily forget.

A serial murderer has brutally killed several policemen and their pregnant wives. After a quick investigation, the murderer is revealed to be Kit (Juno Mak), whom the case's detective-in-charge (Chin Siu Ho) knows from a previous case. Once upon a time, Kit was an innocent boy in a rural village who also has a crush on naïve high school student Wing (Aoi Sola). After the death of Wing's grandmother, Kit rescues Wing from a foster care facility, and the two quickly fall in love. However, their romance ends prematurely when a local policeman arrests them. The events that follow lay the seeds for Kit's terrifying path to vengeance.

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Product Title: Revenge: A Love Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version) 復仇者之死 (DVD) (香港版) 复仇者之死 (DVD) (香港版) 復仇者之死 (DVD) (香港版) Revenge: A Love Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
Artist Name(s): Juno Mak (Actor) | Aoi Sola (Actor) | Anthony Lau | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Tony Ho 麥浚龍 (Actor) | 蒼井空 (Actor) | 劉永 | 錢小豪 (Actor) | 何華超 麦浚龙 (Actor) | 苍井空 (Actor) | 刘永 | 钱小豪 (Actor) | 何华超 麥浚龍(ジュノ・マック) (Actor) | 蒼井そら (Actor) | 劉永(トニー・リュウ) | 錢小豪(チン・シウホウ) (Actor) | 何華超(トニー・ホー) Juno Mak (Actor) | Aoi Sola (Actor) | Anthony Lau | Chin Siu Ho (Actor) | Tony Ho
Director: Wong Ching Po 黃精甫 黄精甫 黄精甫(ウォン・ジンポー) Wong Ching Po
Producer: Conroy Chan 陳子聰 陈子聪 陳子聰 (コンロイ・チャン) Conroy Chan
Release Date: 2011-04-15
Language: Cantonese, Mandarin
Subtitles: English, Traditional Chinese
Country of Origin: Hong Kong
Picture Format: NTSC What is it?
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Widescreen Anamorphic: Yes
Sound Information: Dolby Digital EX(TM) / THX Surround EX(TM)
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: All Region What is it?
Rating: III
Duration: 91 (mins)
Publisher: Panorama (HK)
Package Weight: 120 (g)
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1024254096

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Director: Wong Ching-Po

From a gory slasher to a twisted love story, Josie Ho's 852 Films is quickly becoming the go-to solution for Hong Kong audiences thirsting for local alternative genre films. Their second production stars pop singer Juno Mak (who also wrote the script) and prominent Japanese adult film actress Sora Aoi as lovers brought over the edge by vengeance. Working beyond the boundaries of commercial appeal or good taste, Mak and director Wong Ching Po (JIANG HU) are sure to offend a few people with their violent take on love and vengeance.
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Professional Review of "Revenge: A Love Story (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)"

May 16, 2011

Josie Ho's 852 Films follow up Pang Ho Cheung's wonderfully gruesome Dream Home with more dark exploitation fare in Revenge: A Love Story, a violent tale which very much lives up to its title. Based on a story by pop singer Juno Mak (himself apparently an ardent fan of extreme genre cinema), who also takes the lead role, the film was co-written and directed by Wong Ching Po, and shows the same kind of noirish visual style as his previous outings, in particular cult hit triad thriller Jiang Hu. Possibly the film's biggest draw however is the presence of Japanese adult film actress Aoi Sola (recently in the awesome Big Tits Zombie 3D), not quite managing to keep her clothes in her first Chinese language role. The film has enjoyed a successful run at festivals, having been one of the opening films of the 2010 Hong Kong Asian Film Festival and playing at the 2011 London Terracotta Festival.

As with Dream Home, the film has a somewhat fractured plot, beginning as a serial killer brutally dispatches a series of policemen and their pregnant wives. The murderer, a young man called Kit (Juno Mak) is quickly caught, and is found by the detective in charge (Chin Siu Ho, The Lost Bladesman) to be linked to a previous investigation relating to a horrific rape and battery. As Kit is interrogated, the facts of the past and present cases come out, involving his relationship with Wing (Aoi Sola), a mentally challenged high school girl who he fell for while working at a food stall in a rural village. As it transpires, Kit and Wing's burgeoning love had been shattered after she was mistaken for a prostitute by a particularly thuggish local policeman (Lau Wing, who also appeared in several Bruce Lee films, generally as a villain), setting in motion a cycle of ever intensifying violence and destruction.

Revenge: A Love Story is clearly a film which aims to deliver its visceral thrills with a touch of substance and art house leanings, as can be seen by the weirdly titled chapter headings which pop up from time to time, often out of nowhere and generally having very little to do with the onscreen action or narrative. Wong Ching Po seems to have something to say about human nature, though sadly he's not quite up to the level of Pang Ho Cheung, and aside from a few rather obvious comments on the fact that revenge doesn't really help anyone, the film's themes and subtext are likely to leave viewers somewhat bemused. The film's direction is suitably ponderous, full of an odd use of light and shadow, strange shifts in pacing and some oddly out-dated feeling MTV style editing and slow motion. The production values are certainly much higher than with the vast majority of genre films, and this again seems to suggest that Wong was taking a stab at something he considered substantial and significant.

Of course, this isn't the case, and the film is a piece of grindhouse outrage that is in very little danger of finding any crossover appeal or intellectual respectability. For genre fans, this is really no bad thing, and the film is all the more entertaining and indeed crazier for its daft pretentiousness. The film certainly delivers on in terms of graphic content, with some truly shocking violence and gore scenes, many of which involve pregnant women, along with gun and knife battles, beatings, and over the top police brutality. Predictably enough, Aoi Sola has to endure one of the roughest and longest rape scenes in recent memory, undergoing some horrific treatment at the hands of her abusers during the film's key flashback sequence. As a result, the film is mainly for those with strong stomachs, pushing the Category III rating to its limits.

Although it's the violence which really drives the film, the plot itself is taut and gripping, art house ponderousness aside. Wong weaves the exposition and flashbacks into the narrative with reasonable skill, and the film moves along at a fast pace, picking up tension towards the inevitably downbeat ending. The film actually does have a different feel to most other revenge themed dramas, and whilst not particularly original, it does show a little more thought and effort. The cast are all pretty reasonable, with Juno Mak convincing and even winning sympathy as the tortured Kit, and Aoi Sola at least showing a few flashes of emotional depth, despite only having a few lines of dialogue in total. Their relationship is surprisingly affecting, making for a few moments of genuine sweetness scattered throughout and helping to validate the use of the word "love" in the title, which of course Mak uses to further hammer home the essential grimness of everything else going on in the film.

It's partly this bleakness, as well as the approach of combining mock-philosophy with all-out exploitation which makes Revenge: A Love Story so entertaining and memorable, not least since it's pretty much the polar opposite of most watered down modern Hong Kong cinema which has been made quite blatantly with the Mainland market in mind. Although not quite the film that Wong Ching Po seems to think it is, for those who enjoy unremittingly dark thrillers or who want to see Juno Mak and Aoi Sola being horribly abused, it scores very highly indeed. With this and Dream Home Josie Ho is quickly becoming one of the few champions of old school Category III cinema and excess, and for that she definitely deserves praise and the support of all genre fans.

by James Mudge - BeyondHollywood.com

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