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Johnnie To's Vengeance borrows Memento's plot if not its structure, as aging French rock star Johnny Hallyday hires hit men (and joins them) to avenge the maiming of his daughter and murder of her family before he loses his memory from a condition we shall call "a bullet in the head". Anthony Wong, Lam Suet and Lam Ka Tung play the hit men, and Simon Yam puts on another memorably zany performance as the villain, all of them frequent To collaborators, which means they're all among my favorite Chinese actors. As with all To films, it's inventive and atmospheric, out-pacing its plot points with moments of pure movie magic. A bike moving the combined bullet hits of four new brothers. Hallyday praying in the ocean. The firefight in the garbage dump. And the final showdown not possible without the help of a group of orphan kids. All very memorable. Most of the film is in English, even though it's none of the actors' first language, but they do a good job with it. It's about the personalities more than it is about the words.
Nice but kinda overcooked
Hm, can't decide if this or Exiled is the better one, still both highly recommended.
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