The English language debut from acclaimed director Johnnie To, neo-noir Vengeance begins with French assassin-turned-chef, Francois Costello (Johnny Halladay, The Man on The Train), seeking revenge for the massacre of his daughter’s family, gunned down by a group of triads.
Arriving in Hong Kong a chance encounter leads to him meeting three assassins, Kwai, Chu and Lok (played by To regulars Anthony Wong, lam Suet and Lam Ka-Tung) who he hires to help him find the men responsible.
Progressively suffering the gradual onset of amnesia from the effects of a bullet lodged in his brain from long ago, his mission is imbued with even greater urgency. He creates a trail of memories using Polaroid pictures, a trail that eventually leads him and his accomplices to vulgar, decadent crime lord George Fung (Simon Yam), both the man responsible for Costello’s loss, and also his new friends’ employer. Will they keep faith and honour their agreement with a man they know little about, knowing the repercussions should they fail? Vengeance is a sleekly executed revenge thriller that was nominated for the Palme d’Or in Cannes 2009.