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Revenge: A Love Story ("Fuk sau che chi sei")

Canadian Premiere
  • Hong Kong
  • 2010
  • 90 mins
  • Video
  • Cantonese
  • English (subtitles)
Official Selection, Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Fantastic Fest 2011
Official Selection, Sitges International Fantastic Film Festival 2011
Official Selection, Imagine: Amsterdam Fantastic Film Festival 2012

“Packs some serious shocks… not for the faint-hearted” — David Parkinson, EMPIRE

“High-end lowbrow storytelling… uncommonly good filth” — Martin Wong, GIANT ROBOT

“Crafts a tricky crime tale on the cusp of horror, balancing the grisly and the sentimental without wallowing excessively in either” — Dennis Harvey, VARIETY

A mentally challenged girl and an introverted boy struggle to live their little lives on the busy streets of Hong Kong. Then things go horribly wrong. Why is this young man killing pregnant women, carving their unborn children out and leaving them to die? How does a man become such a monster? How far would you be willing to go to protect your loved ones?

While it doesn’t specifically address the abortion issue, REVENGE: A LOVE STORY will certainly shake a few viewers’ convictions. Under its unforgiving, ultraviolent thriller exterior, it examines some serious subjects — justice, prostitution, guilt, corruption, power and retribution. This category III release certainly doesn’t skimp on the realistic gore, but don’t expect the cops to be comedy relief like in THE UNTOLD STORY (1993). Hell no. While its antihero is also a psychopathic dumpling cook, REVENGE begins as a serial-killer shocker (think last year’s spectacular CHASER) before doing a 180 to provide some horrendously traumatic back story. An extended flashback sequence flows fluidly from romance to action, by way of police procedural and rape-revenge exploitation. Not a pretty picture.

The bleakness of REVENGE is accentuated by beautiful cinematography and pitch-perfect score by post-trip-rock DJ Dan F. Director Wong Ching-Po’s film is at times graphically violent, yet often subtle, with its gracious camera moves — a slow-mo pursuit on foot, a spectacular car crash. It’s as if the fatalist sensibility of Douglas Buck has somehow been paired with Gaspar Noé’s in-your-face approach, under the approving eye (for an eye) of Park Chan-wook. Based on an original story by lead actor Juno Mak (a popular Hong Kong singer, seen in Wong’s LET’S GO! and Pang Ho-Cheung’s DREAM HOME) Also starring are Sola Aoi, the most mainstream Japanese adult film actress, and cult figure Lau Wing (AKA Tony Liu, a staple of Bruce Lee and Shaw Brothers films). These 90 minutes of cinematic bleakness are divided into eight chapters, each starting with metaphoric interstices, which — until the final showdown — balance out the darkest and most gruesome scenes of the film. There will be blood. And fire. But no apologies whatsoever.

— Kristof G.

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