A French chef teams with a gang of Hong Kong killers to avenge the death of his family in Johnnie To’s poetically violent thriller

Johnnie To’s highly-anticipated 2009 thriller Vengeance saw him teaming with Johnny Hallyday, the man credited with bringing rock ‘n’ roll to France, for the dark tale of a French chef and former hitman who sets out to avenge the slaughter of his family in Hong Kong. The French–Hong Kong co-production played in competition at Cannes, and has all the hallmarks of classic To cinema, including immaculately-choreographed balletic shoot-outs, moody cityscapes, and a cast packed with frequent collaborators including Anthony Wong, Gordon Lam and Simon Yam. At the same time, the genius casting of Hallyday and the film’s French connection sees To delving further into the noir genre, making for a fascinating cross-cultural depiction of loyalty, gangs and assassins.



Related films

The Wild, Wild Rose (4K)

Grace Chang gives an iconic performance in a jazzy contemporary Hong Kong take on Carmen, restored in stunning 4K

In Broad Daylight

A special screening of one of the most acclaimed Hong Kong films of the last year, a shocking exposé of abuse in care homes

The Sword (2K)

Patrick Tam’s wuxia is a modern classic of the genre, featuring stunning visuals and spectacular fight scenes

Winter Chants + Q&A

A contemplative documentary exploring the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Hong Kong village traditions + Q&A (via Zoom) with director Tsang Tsui-shan

He’s A Woman, She’s A Man

Leslie Cheung headlines Peter Chan’s classic romantic comedy touching on homosexuality and gender identity

Fly Me to the Moon

A pair of sisters face discrimination and poverty after immigrating from Hunan to Hong Kong in this Stanley Kwan-produced award winner


Johnnie To’s Macau-set ensemble bullet ballet is his ultimate take on the themes of loyalty, betrayal and brotherhood