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Johnnie To rounds up the regulars and legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday for the quintessential crime actioner Vengeance. Written by To's usual collaborator Wai Ka Fai, Vengeance follows in the footsteps of The Mission and Exiled with the pulpy story of a Frenchman and a trio of hitmen out for revenge in Macau. Johnnie To once again turns bullets, brotherhood, and bloodshed into pure cinematic beauty. Shot mostly in English, the film surrounds Johnny Hallyday's hitman-turned-chef with a supporting cast of To's regular stars including Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, and Gordon Lam as eccentric hitmen, and Simon Yam as the nefarious mob boss. Michelle Yip, Eddie Cheung, Maggie Shiu, Felix Wong, Berg Ng, and Stanley Fung also appear in Vengeance.

French chef Costello (Johnny Hallyday) arrives in Macau to see his daughter (Sylvie Testud), whose husband and kids have been killed by mob hitmen. A former hitman himself, Costello has memory problems because of a bullet lodged in his brain, and must get revenge before he forgets everything. Wandering Macau, he happens upon affable hitmen Kwai (Anthony Wong), Chu (Gordon Lam), and Lok (Lam Suet), and hires them to avenge his family. The four of them manage to track down the killers, but Kwai, Chu, and Lok find out a few gunfire showdowns too late that their boss (Simon Yam) was behind the hit.

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Product Title: Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version) Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version) Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version) 冷たい雨に撃て、約束の銃弾を Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version)
Artist Name(s): Anthony Wong | Johnnie To | Johnny Hallyday 黃 秋生 | 杜琪峰 | Johnny Hallyday 黄 秋生 | 杜琪峰 | Johnny Hallyday 黄秋生 (アンソニー・ウォン) | 杜琪峰 (ジョニー・トー)  | ジョニー・アリディ | シルヴィー・テステュー | ローター・ヨウ Anthony Wong | Johnnie To | Johnny Hallyday
Release Date: 2013-05-02
Publisher Product Code: HBBBF-8654
Place of Origin: Hong Kong
Disc Format(s): DVD
Region Code: 2 - Japan, Europe, South Africa, Greenland and the Middle East (including Egypt) What is it?
Shipment Unit: 1 What is it?
YesAsia Catalog No.: 1032417528

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[アーティスト/ キャスト]
ジョニー・アリディ / シルヴィー・テステュー / アンソニー・ウォン / ジョニー・トー (監督) / ローター・ヨウ (音楽)



製作国 : フランス (France)
公開年 : 2010

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Professional Review of "Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version)"

January 20, 2010

This professional review refers to Vengeance (DVD) (Hong Kong Version)
With Hong Kong director Johnnie To having long been admired as an auteur by French film critics, his desired collaboration with European talent has been a much mooted and anticipated possibility. Finally, it arrives in the form of Vengeance which sees To teaming with legendary French singer Johnny Hallyday for a thriller written by Milkyway regular Wai Ka Fai. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the film is heavily reminiscent of two of the director's signature works, namely The Mission and Exiled not least since its cast includes the likes of Anthony Wong, Lam Suet, Gordon Lam and Simon Yam, with support from other familiar faces including Michelle Yip, Eddie Cheung, Maggie Shiu, Felix Wong, Berg Ng, and Stanley Fung. Despite underwhelming some critics, the film played in competition at Cannes 2009, with To being nominated for the prestigious Golden Palm Award.

All things considered, the narrative is pretty much standard fare for To and Wai Ka Fai, with Hallyday playing a French Chef called Costello, who heads to Macau after his daughter's husband and children are assassinated by triad hitmen. A former killer himself, Costello, soon falls in with a trio of mercenaries in Kwai (Anthony Wong), Chu (Gordon Lam), and Lok (Lam Suet), who he hires to help him take revenge - a task made all the more pressing my his own increasing memory problems, caused by a bullet lodged in his brain. Unfortunately for all concerned, the man who ordered the hit turns out to be none other than the boss of Costello's new friends (Simon Yam), leading to a violent conflict of interests which looks increasingly unlikely to leave anyone left alive.

Although the plot of Vengeance is strictly standard, and indeed predictable stuff, few know this kind of material better than To and Wai Ka Fai, and the film certainly benefits from their magic touch, which helps lift it to being somewhat more than the sum of its parts. From the first frame, it's obvious that comparisons with The Mission and Exiled are more than well founded, and indeed the film comes across throughout as a spinoff or not too distant cousin. Of course, any complaints of originality aside, this is by no means a bad thing, and the usual themes of brotherhood and revenge are trotted out to good effect. As is so often the case with Milkway productions, the strength of the film is in its characters, and Vengeance is certainly populated with an interesting, idiosyncratic bunch of cool, moody murderers and offbeat oddballs, in particular Yam's morally ambiguous but gleeful mob boss. This does make the story more engaging than it might otherwise have been, and although the whole value of revenge theme is somewhat undermined by the tacky and obvious device of Costello's fading memory, the film has a winningly melancholic air and vaguely philosophical underpinning. As a result, whilst a downbeat conclusion is pretty much a given from the start, the film still manages to be moving, thanks in no small part to a great performance from Hallyday in the lead and from Wong, Lam and Suet as his hitmen comrades, who make for a likeable and believable band of brothers.

To's direction gives the film a very similar look and feel to Exiled featuring plenty of rich colours and a pronounced use of shadows. Graceful slow motion gunplay is very much the order of the day, with most of the fire fights coming complete with misty eruptions of blood filling the air - which although a little stagey are infinitely preferable to the kind of CGI seen in most other productions. Visually, the film includes all of the expected flourishes expected from the director, and although some of these are immediately recognisable from certain other productions, there are a few genuinely delightful moments scattered throughout.

Certainly, it's hard to imagine any fans of the writer and director, or indeed the Milkway output in general having many complaints, and whilst Vengeance could perhaps have shown a little more ambition, it still performs to a high standard. Even To by the numbers is vastly superior to the majority of other Hong Kong helmers, and the film is easily one of the classiest and effortlessly cool thrillers of the last year.

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Customer Review of "Vengeance (DVD) (Japan Version)"

Average Customer Rating for All Editions of this Product: Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10 (3)

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November 23, 2011

This customer review refers to Vengeance (VCD) (Hong Kong Version)
Good but not excellent Customer Review Rated Bad 8 - 8 out of 10
I kinda liked this movie.I dont think it is good as Exiled.The parts that I found disappointing about it was the lack of character development and the whole story was little bit slow-paced.But it is the performances the editing,the feel of story and its balletic action that makes it a good film.
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March 31, 2010

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Great film Customer Review Rated Bad 10 - 10 out of 10
Indeed another Johnnie To movie you should not miss.

This is shot in Macau and Hongkong. A story of a Frenchman who hired assassins to run after the killer of his son in law and grandchildren. Her daughter who was wounded ask her for revenge.

He himself was once an assassin and because of this his got a bullet in his head causing him to lost his memories. you whats really touching??? When was lost in the rain and he started to lost his memories, he was there in the middle of people just staring at the photos of his hired assassins trying figure out what to do.

A very good one for To. Kudos. Worth keeping.
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February 21, 2010

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Empty pyrotechnics Customer Review Rated Bad 6 - 6 out of 10
"Vengeance" apparently is what the folks from MilkyWay produce when they can't think up any good story ideas. French singer/actor Johnny Halliday stars as Francis Costello, a hitman-turned-restaurateur who comes to Macau seeking revenge for the shootings of his daughter and her family. Knowing no one in the city, Costello needs to hire a team of gunsels to assist him. But how does one find a gang of hitmen in a strange city? No problem! Costello stumbles upon a trio of mobsters rubbing out a copulating couple right in his own hotel. And they have no trouble at all tracking down the guys who shot up Costello's kin. Trouble ensues, however, when Costello's guys learn that the crime boss who ordered the hit on Costello's family is the same boss for whom they usually work.

Perhaps this premise could set up an interesting story, but here the drama is undercut by the need to conduct most of the dialogue in English, with which most of the actors fight a losing battle. "Vengeance" also is saddled with the dopey concept that Costello is losing his memory from a bullet that has been sitting in his brain for more than two decades. And the films' final two big gunbattle set-pieces are just plain silly. The last one left me convinced that Macau must have no police force whatsoever. In it, Costello takes on the gang boss and a mob of his bodyguards in a gunfight that begins in broad daylight, continues with an unending barrage of bullets until the night sky is pitch dark, and plays out entirely on Macau's city streets -- yet not a single cop ever shows up. Did Macau's entire police force call in sick that day?

"Vengeance" is technically brilliant, with striking cinematography, seamless editing, and great effects, but its flawed conception makes it add up to an action-packed flop.
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