Vengeance (Fuk sau)
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A French chef and former assassin wrestles with his failing memory while fighting to avenge the murder of his daughter's family in Hong Kong in director Johnny To's stylish, action-packed meditation on the true nature of revenge. Her Chinese husband and their two young children brutally gunned down during a gangland hit, a mortally wounded French woman clings to life in a Hong Kong hospital. Upon arriving at his daughter's bedside, the shooting victim's father, Costello (Johnny Hallyday), vows to put the triggermen in the ground despite the vehement objections of police… More
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 91%

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"Few directors make ac tion movies with the pizazz of Hong Kong's Johnnie To..."
‑ V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"Vengeance tempers tough-guy sentimentality with schoolyard existentialism."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"To does a fantastic job of providing a good sense of style and structure to the numerous action scenes, but they're not over the top or cartoonish."
‑ Ryan Cracknell, Movie Views
"Gaunt and weathered, Hallyday is superb casting... and slips right in to [Johnnie] To's brand of taciturn camaraderie and silent communication..."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"To's focus is less about gunning down the bad guys - although there's plenty of that - than crystallizing with precision the visceral sensations surrounding violence, and the many metaphysical looming silences in between, as if lyrical canvases in motion."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"Both newcomers to Mr. To and longtime admirers should be prepared for a master class in directing."
‑ Manohla Dargis, New York Times
"To's smooth, balletic style, noirish lighting schemes and compositions are made for the big screen..."
‑ G. Allen Johnson, San Francisco Chronicle
"Resting firmly on this relentless pacing, Vengeance becomes obsessed with the lasting effect of vengeance on the traditional machinations of plot and character."
‑ Glenn Heath Jr., Slant Magazine
"Johnny Hallyday and Johnnie To's glorious throwback to bitter bullets and bloody revenge"
‑ Corey Hall, Metro Times (Detroit, MI)
"To derives from maestro John Woo and there is much influence by the older filmmaker in the spirit of the film. This is not necessarily a bad thing but more originality would have helped."
‑ Robin Clifford, Reeling Reviews
"You need to be one helluva director to pull off using kids' stickers as a climactic plot point; this auteur makes it look like child's play."
‑ David Fear, Time Out New York
"A formula thriller done as an elegant genre exercise."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"Grieving father hires three hit men to avenge his daughter's family. Accomplished thriller marks Hong Kong director Johnnie To's first European co-production."
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"Veteran Hong Kong filmmaker To mixes the grand gestures of John Woo with the tactics of Christopher Nolan's Memento; the result ranges from the silly to the sublime."
‑ Peter Keough, Boston Phoenix
"Director Johnnie To...delivers a terrific Asian noir featuring stunning cinematography, balletic gunplay...and a better than average story that harkens back to the 2003 Dutch/Belgian "The Memory of a Killer""
‑ Laura Clifford, Reeling Reviews
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